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It seems like nowadays flu is in the air. Due to the sudden change in weather people are greatly affected by it. There are multiple vaccinations present in the market that strengthens our immunity system. Flu Shots are also among those vaccinations that strengthen our immunity to fight against Influenza Virus that causes Flu.
There are vaccinations that provide lifetime immunity however flu shot is needed annually to reap its benefit. Marham has answered some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Flu shots that might work as a complete guideline for you.
- When is the right time to get a flu shot?
Flu shots are recommended before the flu starts to spread in the community. It should be taken as early as possible because it takes around two weeks or so, after vaccination for antibodies to build up and fight against flu.
You can get it during a flu season in case you have missed it but for children who are suppose to get two doses should be given a shot as soon as possible so that a time duration between the two doses are at least four weeks apart. Consult a Pediatrician to know which flu shot is required to your kid.
Who should get a flu shot?
Although it is necessary for almost everyone but following is the list of people who are strongly advised to get a flu shot:
- Babysitters and family members of babies who are below six months of age
- Person who has chronic lung disease. Please check with your Pulmonologist before getting a shot
- People who have weak immune system, diabetes or a chronic heart condition should get it after consulting Physician
- 50 plus aged adults
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare providers
Are there any side effects of flu shots?
There are minor side effects of getting a flu shot such as soreness at the injection area, low fever, fatigue, light headache, or maybe red or itchy eyes.
Who should avoid getting a flu shot?
Even though it is safe for adults but kids under the age of six months should not get flu shots and those who have experienced severe allergy to the flu vaccine should avoid it. In addition to it, people with nerve disorder should also abstain from getting it rather discuss your symptoms with physician before getting a flu vaccine.
Is flu shot fool-proof?
Not really, you can still get flu after receiving a flu shot but your risk of suffering from it gets very low. It happens when the viruses in the vaccine doesn’t match with the flu viruses already circulating in the community. But flu-shot vaccination can definitely protect you from flu-related complications, no matter what.
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