Flu Shot Information provided by Arlington Urgent Care
What is the Flu Shot (Influenza Vaccine)?
The flu shot is an inactivated virus which cannot cause the flu and it is given with a needle. The flu shot works by causing antibodies to develop in your body. These antibodies provide protection against infection from various flu viruses. Each year, the flu vaccine contains several different kinds of the virus. The strains chosen are the ones that researchers say are most likely to show up that year.
Why get the Flu Shot?
According to the CDC, up to 20% of Americans get the flu each year. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each year, and about 3,000 to 49,000 deaths are flu-related. These statistics would decrease if more people took advantage of the opportunity to prevent flu with an influenza vaccine or flu shot.
Who should get the Flu Shot?
An annual flu shot is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting the flu. The flu shot is highly recommended for the following, higher-risk populations:
- All children 6 months to 18 years old
- People 50 years or older
- Those persons who live in communal facilities like nursing homes or on college campuses
- Household caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age; particularly important for household contacts of children younger than 6 months (these children are too young to receive the flu vaccine)
When should I get the Flu Shot?
The earlier the better as it takes about 2 weeks before the vaccine becomes effective. The typical flu season can run from as early as September through May.
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