Understanding Flu Shot


Every year, between October and March, millions of people come down with the flu. Some get it during the typical flu season, while some can still get it between April and September. When a person gets the flu, they often spend days in bed. There are several symptoms of the flu that make it difficult to get out of bed. Some of these symptoms include:

  • High fever (101 and higher)
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Aches and pains in the muscles and the joints
  • Pain and burning in the eyes
In some cases, the flu can cause complications that can make you feel worse. One of the most common complications is pneumonia. Pneumonia can be very serious and it can leave you hospitalized.

The best way to keep from getting the flu is to get the flu shot. There are few types of the flu shot and a few misconceptions about them.

  • Standard-Does Trivalent Shot (IIV3): This is the most common flu shot and it is given to people 6 months of or older. This type of shot is given with either a standard hypodermic needle. It can also be given through a high pressure jet injector for people who are between 18 and 64 years old.
  • High-Does Trivalent Shot: This is a higher does of the standard shot and it is approved for people who are 65 years of age or older. These flu vaccines are important because the elderly is more prone to the flu, and they need a higher does to keep from getting it. Also, the elderly are more likely develop complications from the flu.
  • Recombinant Trivalent Shot: This shot is approved for people who are at least 18 years old. This vaccine is egg-free, and it is given to patients who have an allergy egg.
  • Trivalent Flu Shot With Adjuvant: This is a new form of the vaccine. It contains the traditional vaccine, as well as adjuvant. This is an ingredient that can create a stronger immune response in a person’s body. This vaccine is made for people who are over 65 years old, and who need more protection against the flu.
  • Flu Mist: Flu mist is a form of the vaccine that is made for people who are afraid of needles. It is a mist that goes into the nose. This type of vaccine is not recommended for people who have respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD.

Most Common Myth About the Flu Shot

The most common myth about he flu shot is that it will cause the flu. This isn’t true. All of the flu shots that are delivered with a hypodermic needle or a jet injector do not contain the active flu virus. It takes the flu virus to develop the flu. Some people can have minor side effects that mimic the flu, however, they are very mild and last just a day.

The flu mist vaccine does contain a small amount of the active flu virus, however, it is not enough to actually cause the flu.

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How Long Does the Flu Shot Last?

You should get the flu shot every year. First, because the body’s immune response can decline over time, and the flu shot won’t be effective. Second, the flu virus changes all the time. The flu shots are designed each year to protect against particular strains.

Skipping the flu shot because you are afraid to get sick from the vaccine, is a mistake. The flu shot is necessary to keep your healthy throughout flu season.It will also protect those around you from catching it from you.

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