The flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death which is why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges all those six months and older to get vaccinated annually.
Influenza Facts You Need to Know
A yearly vaccination is the most important step in protecting yourself and others from the virus. The vaccination protects against the three most common strains of the virus and is recommended to receive the vaccination between October and November.
One of the biggest myths regarding the flu vaccination is that it gives you the flu. This is false. The vaccination shot contains an inactivated or killed virus which means it cannot cause infection. The flu vaccine manufacturers test each batch of vaccinations to ensure they are safe.
Another common misconception is that is is better to get the flu than the vaccine. This is also incorrect, especially regarding young children, older adults and people with certain chronic health conditions. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or even death to children and adults. Getting vaccinated each year is the safer, proactive choice to beating the flu.
When is the Best Time to Get the Flu Vaccination?
The CDC recommends that all those who are able to get a flu vaccine every year because each person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time. An annual vaccination gives you optimal or the best protection possible against the flu viruses.
Some people do report having mild reactions to the flu vaccination, most often one to two days after the shot is administered. Symptoms usually last less than two days and can include:
- Soreness at the injection spot
- Low grade fever
The flu vaccination takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the virus infection which is why it is recommended people get vaccinated as early as possible. Immunity from the flu can vary from person to person, however previously published studies suggest that immunity lasts through the full flu season once an individual is vaccinated.
HealthCare for Business Individual Flu Vaccination Services
HealthCare for Business offers flu vaccinations to those in Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga and other surrounding counties. Walk ins are welcome at the Painesville, Ohio office, Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Most insurances are accepted. For self-pay patients, the cost of a flu vaccination is $20 and can be in the form of cash or major credit card.