Flu vaccine is now available nationwide in most doctor’s offices and drugstores. Many parents wonder whether they should receive the flu vaccine and whether they should have their children receive the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that every person aged six months and older get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available this fall.
What is the flu?
The flu is really a contagious respiratory illness that influenza viruses cause. Though many people consider it something that just happens, it is a serious threat to public health that causes mild to severe illness, and can even lead to death.
Will I get sick from the flu shot?
One common misperception that keeps people from receiving a vaccination against the flu is that the shot can give you the flu. In reality, the viruses in the flu shot are dead, so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Possible minor side effects include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever, and aches. If you know someone who appears to have gotten the flu from the flu shot, the person either was exposed to the virus prior to receiving the shot or was exposed to the shot before the antibodies from the shot were fully protective of that person. A person’s body produces the antibodies about two weeks after receipt of the shot.
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