The flu vaccination is the number one most effective protection again the flu. The flu vaccination makes you 60% less likely to need further treatment by your healthcare provider. It provides a number of benefits including less intense symptoms (if you contract the flu), less time away from work, hospitalizations, and even death.

It is recommended you get the vaccination as soon as possible, preferably during the months of September – February. The vaccination is generally good throughout the entire flu shot, but you need to have the flu vaccination administer annually. The reason for this is the flu virus is constantly changing and is extremely adaptive to the previous vaccination.

Generally it takes around two weeks for the anti-bodies to develop and properly protect you against the influenza virus. During that time period you are still susceptible to the flu virus, so it is important to take proper precautions such as avoiding touching your face and washing your hands as much as possible.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Soreness or redness at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fainting in adolescents

If you are feeling sick, you should wait until the sickness subsides before getting the flu vaccination. Make sure you are properly vaccinated with the Flu season right around the corner by having your vaccination administered at AFC Urgent Care Clearwater!