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Should You Get a Flu Shot in 2022?

01 - Sep - 2022 Navarro Medical

A nurse is giving a boy a flu shot.According to the CDC, over 380,000 individuals were hospitalized for flu-related causes in 2020. Fortunately, the annual flu vaccine can oftentimes help reduce symptoms or eliminate the need for medical treatment. Here's what you need to know to decide if the flu shot is right for you.

How Does it Work to Protect Me?
Scheduling your annual flu shot is the first line of defense against experiencing severe medical conditions caused by the influenza virus and complications that arise from contracting multiple viral infections, such as COVID-19 and influenza. The vaccine could prevent you from developing a serious reaction to the influenza virus and may reduce your risk of mild symptoms as well.

Each year, scientists create a vaccine for the strain of influenza that is expected to quickly spread through local populations in your area in the upcoming months. The vaccine contains a weakened or deactivated version of the strain that enables your body to develop specific antibodies. Then, after two weeks, these new antibodies will be able to fight off or reduce infection in the event you contract that particular strain of influenza and may also weaken the damaging effects of related strains.

How Does My Getting the Flu Vaccine Help Protect My Family and Community?
Image 380,000 patients who are experiencing severe reactions to influenza filling the already crowded local emergency rooms where COVID-19 and other potentially harmful viruses are present. Such reactions to the flu, as well as many other illnesses, could be prevented simply by taking the appropriate vaccine when suggested by a physician.

That said, there are some individuals who should not take the vaccine due to specific medical conditions such as those who have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine in previous years. These individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing severe complications from contracting influenza whenever they are around other people in the home or community as well as when they come into contact with contaminated surfaces. The good news is the risk of contracting the virus is significantly reduced after the majority of individuals in the area have been vaccinated.

What if I Got My Flu Shot Last Year?
The flu vaccine’s protection does not last year-to-year. For this reason as well as the fact that the influenza virus is continually evolving, it is important to schedule your flu shot every year.?? Also, always check with your primary care physician to verify your eligibility and decrease the risk of any potentially harmful side effects.

Is the Shot Painful?
While pain is a relative term, most people would probably say the flu shot falls somewhere closer to unpleasant than “painful”. The injection can feel like a slight sting or prick followed by a quick burning sensation that goes away as soon as the vaccine has been injected. At that point, it is important to continue moving your arm to minimize any soreness you may experience at the injection site for up to 48 hours. Your physician will also provide you with a list of symptoms requiring medical treatment in the event you have an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Is There an Alternative Method of Delivering the Vaccine?
Yes, you can request a nasal spray delivery method. If you have a fear of needles, this may be an option to explore with your physician. However, please note that not everyone is eligible for the nasal spray.

Can I Get Flu-Like Symptoms After Taking the Flu Shot?
Certain mild flu-like symptoms after receiving the flu vaccine are common. The severity should be mild and the duration should not be longer than a couple of days. If you experience any moderate to severe medical symptoms following your flu shot or if your symptoms continue past 48 hours, contact your primary care physician. Also, please remember a flu shot takes a couple of weeks to work and influenza may be contracted in between the time the vaccine entered your system and the time your body has produced the necessary antibodies to fight the infection. Therefore, it is important to schedule your flu vaccine as soon as possible each year.

Where can I Receive a Flu Shot in Lake Wales, Florida?
Dr. Navarro at Navarro Medical n the Lake Wales, Florida area is currently accepting new patients who would like to receive a current flu vaccine or another available vaccine, depending on eligibility. Scheduling is a breeze! Simply call, email, or use the online scheduler to request your appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome, although an appointment will reduce your wait time and is therefore encouraged. Schedule your next wellness visit or vaccine appointment today.