Flu season is here! Flu season typically begins in October and can last until May in the United States. Learn more about vaccination by checking out these 5 frequently asked questions about the flu:

What does the flu shot do?

Every year, researchers determine the upcoming season’s most common influenza viruses to create the flu vaccine. The vaccine causes antibodies that provide protection against infection to form around two weeks after vaccination.

Why should I get a flu shot again this year?

As the flu virus evolves, last year’s vaccination may not protect you from this year’s strand of flu virus. Patient First offers flu shots directed toward four main flu viruses, the H1N1 virus, the H3N2 Virus, the influenza B and an additional B virus.

Who should get the flu shot?

The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of six months should receive a vaccination. Some people are at a higher risk of developing influenza related complications and should definitely be vaccinated. This includes children younger than five years of age, adults over 65 years of age, and pregnant women. Those who have medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, or a weakened immune system due to disease or medication may also be at a higher risk and should be vaccinated. The standard flu shot may not be appropriate for everyone. There are specific vaccinations for people allergic to eggs and also a high-dose flu vaccine for those who are over the age of 65.

When should I get a flu shot?

Flu vaccinations are offered throughout the season. However, the best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated as early as possible. Don’t wait until you’ve started noticing symptoms to get your flu shot. Vaccination may take up to two weeks to be effective, therefore you should get your flu shot before the flu virus is in your area. The CDC recommends everyone receive their flu shot by the end of October.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Speak with your health care provider about getting a flu shot. Patient First offers a Fast Track Flu Program where you may get your flu shot with little or no wait time. You may walk into any center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to receive your flu shot. To find a center near you, please visit our locations page.

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