Seasonal Flu Shot
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What is the flu shot?
Getting a flu shot is typically effective in preventing you from getting the flu. Although the vaccine doesn't always give full protection, it's well worth getting.
The flu shot protects you from the influenza virus, which causes the flu. A vaccine is given as a shot, which is a needle that inserts the medicine into your body generally through your arm.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that, if not treated quickly, has the potential to cause significant harm, particularly in young children, older people, and those with specific health conditions. The best way to avoid the misery of the flu and its problems is to get a flu vaccination, which, while not completely effective, is still quite beneficial.
Why do you need it annually?
Because flu viruses change so rapidly, the vaccine you received last year may not protect you against this year’s strains. To keep pace with fast-adapting flu viruses, new flu vaccines are developed every year.
Your immune system creates antibodies after being vaccinated in order to defend you against the viruses included in the vaccination. Antibody levels, on the other hand, can fall with time — another incentive to get a flu shot every year.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The Canadian Health Ministry recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. People at high risk of influenza-related problems, such as pregnant women and seniors, are recommended to get immunized.
Children between 6 months and 8 years old might require two doses of the flu vaccine, given four weeks apart, the first time they are vaccinated. Then, after one year, children may receive a single annual injection of the flu vaccine. According to a 2017 study, vaccination significantly lowers a child’s risk of dying from the flu. Consult your child’s doctor if you have any questions.