Many people doubt the effectiveness of the flu vaccine or are afraid of having an adverse reaction to the shot. Influenza and the flu shot affect people differently depending on the strain of influenza, the person’s natural immune system, and any allergies the person has to ingredients in the vaccine. Our hydration clinic professionals are here to answer all your questions about the flu shot.
Even healthy people can get the flu and spread it to others. Extreme cases of influenza can lead to hospitalization or even death. Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from influenza. The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months old should be vaccinated every flu season. The flu shot is also safe—and recommended—during pregnancy to protect both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby.
However, the flu shot is not suitable for everyone, depending on their age, current and past health, and related allergies (such as egg allergies). The vaccine is not safe for children younger than 6 months and people with severe allergies to the vaccine or any ingredients (such as gelatin and antibiotics). If you have an egg allergy, have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), or are not feeling well, talk to your doctor before getting a flu shot.
Because flu strains circulate and change every year, it’s difficult to determine how long the vaccination really lasts. Young, healthy people may be protected for years, even with changing strains, while people with compromised immune systems may need two flu shots per season in order to stay healthy.
The risks and side effects associated with getting the flu shot are generally mild and don’t last long. Some people experience soreness at the injection site or mild flu-like symptoms.
Very few people—about one in 100,000—have serious reactions, such as anaphylaxis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Overall, the flu virus is much more dangerous than the vaccine.
This flu season, protect yourself with a quick and easy flu shot at our Orange County hydration clinic. Along with our immune system boost IV therapy and cold and flu hydration treatment, flu vaccines are one of the best ways to fend off seasonal influenza.