Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family and vulnerable people in our community
Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work or school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
A 2017 study in Pediatrics was the first to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu — including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
What’s new this flu season?
Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated].
Fluzone High-Dose is licensed specifically for people 65 years and older. Fluzone High-Dose helps build up protection against flu viruses. The higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is intended to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.
This high-dose vaccine is not available at MainSt Clinic, however it can be gotten at most major pharmacies, and is covered if you have Medicare A and B.
Fact Check: Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
No. The flu vaccine is made with killed virus or a recombinant method using non-living ingredients.
So the flu shot can’t give you the flu. But a few people may develop flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot for a variety of reasons, including:
- Reaction to the vaccine. Some people experience muscle aches and a slight fever for a day or two after receiving a flu shot. This may be a side effect of your body’s production of protective antibodies.
- The two-week window. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. If you’re exposed to the influenza virus shortly before or during that time period, you might catch the flu.
- Mismatched flu viruses. In some years, the influenza viruses used for the vaccine don’t match the viruses circulating during the flu season. If this occurs, your flu shot will be less effective, but may still offer some protection.
- Other illnesses. Many other diseases, such as the common cold, also produce flu-like symptoms. So you may think you have the flu when you actually don’t.