It's flu vaccine time!
Posted on October 3, 2018 15:02 pm CDT
With age comes a great many things: wisdom, maturity, beauty... and also a weaker immune system. This places adults over the age of 65 at greater risk for severe complications from influenza.
Prevention is an important step in keeping healthy this flu season, and getting a flu vaccine is crucial.
Protection 2 influenza A viruses + 2 B viruses 2 influenza A viruses + 1 B virus
(broader protection with both B viruses)
Vaccine Types Standard shot- age 6 months & above
Flu Season In the US, flu activity peaks in January and February, but can begin as early as October and continue as late
as May. Vaccines take about 2 weeks to build immunity in the body.
Safety Flu vaccines are safe. Vaccine viruses used are inactivated (killed) or weakened and cannot cause influenza.
Effectiveness 60% less likely to need treatment for flu after getting vaccinated. Also, reduces other illnesses, antibiotic use,
time off work, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Side Effects Soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given; fever (low grade), aches