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Flu Shot Time

Influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended for most people age 6 months and older. Here are some key questions about the vaccine with answers from the CDC.

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(From PersonalBest.com)

Does the flu vaccine fight specific viruses?

We are exposed to many strains of flu that are constantly circulating and changing. U.S. vaccines are updated annually to match these changes.

What’s the best time to get vaccinated? 

Mid-autumn — or as long as flu viruses are circulating, even past January. Contagion usually peaks between November and March and can last into May. It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for your immunity to fully respond and protect you.

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Are there side effects of flu vaccination?

It cannot give you the flu, though some people get flu-like symptoms for a day or so, as your body builds protective antibodies. Consult your health care provider if you are concerned about side effects.

Can I get vaccinated and still get the flu?

Yes, for these reasons: You were exposed to a virus just before getting vaccinated or exposed to one not included in the current vaccine. Also, protection varies due to your general health, immunity and age factors.

What are the potential complications of the flu?

It normally produces mild illness lasting 1 to 2 weeks. But for some, flu leads to pneumonia and bronchitis, as well as sinus and ear infections. It also can worsen chronic health problems such as asthma, liver, kidney and lung disease.

Those at high risk of influenza complications include pregnant women, young children, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/flu.

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