What are the negatives of getting a flu shot?
The most common side effects of receiving a flu shot include: aches; a low-grade fever; and redness, soreness, or swelling at the site of the injection.
What are the positives of getting a flu shot?
A flu shot can provide many positives in the way of reducing the risk for people who experience chronic illnesses, older/senior adults, small children and those that work with the aged and sick on a regular basis. If you do contract the flu, having a flu shot can also moderate the ill effects of the flu and help you to recover quicker.
Can the flu shot make others sick?
In short: no. When you receive a flu shot, you are not being infected with the flu. The vaccination contains only dead viruses, which ‘teach’ your immune system to respond to and deal with the virus. However, it is important to know that the flu virus can live within your body for up to a week before you begin to feel sick or display symptoms; thus, if you receive a vaccination and then later feel sick, the chances are that you were already infected beforehand.
Is it normal for the flu shot to swell?
The most common side effect of receiving a flu shot is a reaction at the injection site, which may include soreness, redness, warmth and, sometimes, slight swelling. These side effects, particularly the swelling, typically last less than two days and generally resolve on their own without the need for medical intervention. However, if you would like to reduce the discomfort, then it is recommended that you try taking some ibuprofen before you receive your flu shot.
Do flu shots really work?
Scientific studies have shown that the flu shot can help reduce the risk of flu illness among the overall population by 40% to 60% during seasons where the most circulating flu viruses are matched to the flu vaccine. Flu shots are designed to protect against the ‘most common’ predicted strains of flu for a given season, which can change from one year to another – which is why health professionals consider it an important annual vaccination.
Do I have to visit a clinic to obtain flu treatment?
The simple answer no! At Indy Care Health we offer a unique approach to at home flu treatment. We provide treatment remotely via a virtual visit. Our at home flu treatment is available 6 days per week. This service gives you the convenience of not having to leave your home to visit a professional to obtain a diagnosis and treatment. Please visit us here for more information on this time saving service.
If you have any questions about the flu shot – including if it is right for you – then book an appointment with us here at IndyCare. Book an appointment online or visit us in-person at 110 Boone Square St, #29A Hillsborough, NC 27278.