The Flu Shot: Protecting You Against Influenza

August 27, 2012 | Health Advice, News | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , ,

Flu season is almost upon us and Post Rock is ready to help you avoid getting influenza this year!  We have flu shots now and would be happy to give you yours.

Flu vaccines work by inducing antibodies to the three most common strains of influenza for the year.  Roughly 2 weeks after the shot, the body begins producing antibodies that will protect against those three strains.  These antibodies will protect you against the most common versions of the flu.

Many people believe that they may become sick after receiving a flu shot.  This is a MYTH.  The flu shot does not cause people to be sick.  On rare occasions, some people may have severe reactions to the flu shot and if you have had such reactions before, you should not get flu shots.  Also, it is suggested that if you have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever that you should wait until you recover before getting the flu shot so that your body is able to focus on producing antibodies for the flu.

While everyone can benefit from receiving the flu shot, it is highly suggested that people who are at risk for developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu get vaccinated.  This includes: people 65 or older, pregnant women, and people who have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.  Further, if you live with or care for others who are at a risk for developing serious complications you should also receive the flu shot.

Flu viruses are constantly changing.  For this reason, you should get a new vaccination every year.  This will protect you from the 3 most common versions of the flu.  However, you should also know that you are not immune to all flu viruses once you are vaccinated.   You should still maintain proper precautions such as washing your hands regularly, especially throughout flu season.

If you are interested in receiving a flu vaccination, please schedule an appointment with Post Rock today.  For more information regarding flu vaccination, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.