WHY DO YOU NEED THE FLU VACCINATION?

Even healthy people need a flu vaccine.

Regardless of health status, people could be at risk of getting sick with influenza if they don’t get vaccinated. Influenza (flu) can quickly spread around a community, leaving unvaccinated individuals at a higher risk of getting sick. The flu is a contagious disease that can cause common side effects like a fever, cough, runny nose, muscle aches, and fatigue, or even worse land you in the hospital with pneumonia.The virus starts to flare up and spread in the United States during the colder months, between October and May of the next year. The virus spreads from person to person through droplets when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. Certain immuno-compromised individuals (those with asthma, diabetes, and heart disease) and specific populations (young children, senior citizens, and pregnant women) may experience more serious flu-related complications if they’re not vaccinated. It’s important to get a flu vaccination every year. Envision Medical Group is ready to answer any questions you may have before scheduling your vaccination appointment today.

How Safe is the Flu Vaccination?Very safe!

For the past 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received the seasonal vaccine without any serious complications or safety concerns arising. Extensive research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and other organizations have proven it’s safe to administer to people six months and older. The CDC and FDA continue to ensure the vaccine is produced and administered safely every year.

Most People Only Experience Mild Side Effects

For the majority of people who receive a flu vaccine, the side effects they may experience will be mild, lasting 1-2 days at most. Some of the common side effects of the vaccine itself — a headache, a fever, muscle aches, and/or nausea — can be mistaken for flu symptoms, but rest assured they’re not. Other common side effects from receiving the flu vaccine may include soreness, redness, and/or swelling at the injection site.

Even if I get sick, won’t I recover quickly?

Not necessarily. Influenza can be serious and anyone can become sick with flu and experience serious complications, including active and healthy kids, teens, and adults. Even if you bounce back quickly, however, others around you might not be so lucky. You could spread your illness to someone who is more vulnerable to the flu. Some people can be infected with the flu virus, but have no symptoms. During this time, you can still spread the virus to others. Don’t be the one spreading flu to those you care about.

Protect You & The People Around You

It is best to get vaccinated before the flu begins to spread. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely it is that you will be protected once the flu begins to circulate in your community.

Can I Still Get Sick After Receiving the Vaccine?

Yes, you could end up sick with the flu or a flu-like illness despite having received the vaccine. Here are a few ways this can happen:

  • You’ve come down with a different viral infection that shares similar symptoms with the flu, like the common cold. The flu vaccine can only protect you from becoming ill from flu viruses.
  • You were exposed to the flu before your vaccine became fully effective. It can take up to two weeks for antibodies to develop and protect your immune system.
  • You were exposed to the flu before your vaccine became fully effective. It can take up to two weeks for antibodies to develop and protect your immune system.
  • You unfortunately still caught the flu. The vaccine can range in effectiveness each flu season based on its ability to prevent the virus and who’s being vaccinated in a community. The bright side is that vaccinated people who come down with the flu are likely to experience milder symptoms than an unvaccinated person.

Don’t Like Shots? You’ll Hate the Flu More

Don’t let the fear of getting a shot stop you from signing up for your flu vaccine this year. People who choose to get vaccinated may experience minor side effects from the vaccine, but those symptoms don’t compare to more uncomfortable symptoms that can come with the flu. A little discomfort from a flu shot can go a long way to save you from feeling worse in the long run.

But I Got My Flu Vaccine Last Year…

  1. Flu viruses can come in a variety of variants. The virus is constantly evolving, which causes the vaccine to change and adapt to the variants it’s protecting against. That’s why you’ll need to get a vaccine each year to protect yourself from these new forms of the virus.
  2. As time passes, a vaccinated person’s protection against the flu declines naturally. It’s important to make an annual appointment to get your flu vaccine so you can continue to be protected.

Ready to Schedule An Appointment? 

When people receive the seasonal flu vaccine, they’re taking steps to protect themselves and the people in their lives. Envision Medical Group’s staff strongly recommends everyone make an appointment to receive their vaccination today. 

Are you ready to schedule your vaccination appointment? We’re ready to hear from you. Schedule your appointment today!