Quick Flu Facts (supported by CDC)

October 30, 2013
  • Everyone six months and older should get vaccinated, including pregnant women.
  • Nasal vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women or children younger than two years old.
  • One vaccine will protect you all season.
  • The flu shot will not give you the flu. The viruses in flu shots are dead, so they can’t cause infection.
  • Most common side effects of getting flu shots are soreness and redness at the shot site.
  • It takes the body about two weeks to gain protection after getting vaccinated. It’s possible to become ill with the flu in that time window.
  • It’s possible to become sick with a strain of flu that the flu shot won’t combat. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against viruses experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. The 2013-2014 trivalent flu vaccine is made from these three most common viruses:
  • Influenza A (H1N1)
  • Influenza A (H3N2)
  • Influenza B

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