Flu Shots

Each fall/winter season, we emphasize telling our patients to schedule an appointment for a flu shot. Especially during times where a pandemic is still at large, doing so is a great way to stay healthy and protected. Each year, the CDC utilizes projections to determine which strands of flu are the most likely to be prevalent during the flu season. Doing so allows people across the United States to stay protected.

Who Should And Shouldn’t Get The Vaccine?

There are different types of flu vaccines that are approved for different age groups. For example, those over the age of 6 months received what is known as inactivated influenza vaccines. However, shots such as the recombinant influenza vaccine are only approved for adults 18 years or older. Some patients should never receive a vaccine. These situations include the below:

  • Those under the age of 6 months.
  • People with life-threatening allergies to the ingredients in the flu vaccine.

What To Expect?  

Before your appointment, our doctors will go over your medical history to determine which vaccination is best for you or your child. Once you arrive, the vaccine is administered to one of your arms. It should take no longer than a few minutes for this to be completed.

Are There Side Effects?  

While the flu shot is a safe way to gain immunity from influenza, there are a few side effects you should be aware of. Patients sometimes experience muscle soreness and bruising along the injection site. Additional side effects that you may face with include:

  • Headaches.
  • Fever.
  • Nausea.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle aches.