What you need to know about the flu shot and where to get one

What you need to know about the flu shot and where to get one

Getting a flu shot is the best way you protect yourself from getting the flu virus and can help prevent doctor’s visits, missed work (or school) and flu-related hospitalizations. 

How does the flu vaccine work?
There are many flu viruses and they are constantly evolving. Each year, the flu vaccines are reviewed and updated to match the three or four most commonly circulating strains of influenza. The 2017-2018 flu shot offers protection against both the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses. The CDC is also currently formulating recommendations for the production of vaccines that will target other, still emerging flu viruses. Even if you received a flu shot last year, that immunization may not be enough to protect you this year.

The flu shot does not provide 100 percent protection from influenza. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the vaccine is typically 71 percent effective in reducing flu-related hospitalizations in adults and 74 percent effective in reducing hospitalizations in children.

Do I need a flu shot?
Even if you are in good general health, the CDC recommends that anyone six months and older receive an annual flu shot. Moreover, if you have certain health conditions, you may be more susceptible to experiencing serious complications if you contract the flu. It’s especially important that you get a flu shot if you have: 

  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • A compromised immune system, whether due to HIV/AIDS or some other condition
  • Cancer

Pregnant women should also assign high priority to including a flu shot in their prenatal care plan.

Anyone over the age of 65, under the age of five or who lives with or provides care for a person who is at high risk of complications from the flu should also receive the flu shot. Small children (from six months to eight years old) may even need two doses of the flu vaccine, administered at least four weeks apart, to be fully protected from the virus.

After getting the flu shot, it can take your body up to two weeks to build immunity. Therefore, it's best to receive your shot before flu season begins. However, you can still benefit from its effects if you get your shot after flu season begins. In the U.S., flu season runs from October through May, peaking in February.

Who shouldn't get a flu shot?
Some people should not get the flu shot. Infants younger than six months and individuals who have severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in the flu vaccine — such as gluten or antibiotics should avoid the flu vaccine.

If you are not feeling well, have an allergy to eggs, have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a paralyzing illness) or have experienced a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine, talk to your primary care provider before getting the flu shot.

If you are a good candidate for a flu shot, which one you should receive will vary depending on your age and overall health. If you are pregnant or struggle with a chronic health condition, be sure to talk with your doctor before receiving a flu shot. If you are 65 or older, you should also be aware that the elderly are at greater risk of experiencing complications after receiving a flu shot.

2017 Goshen flu shot clinics
Goshen Health will be making flu shots available to the community beginning in September. The cost of each shot is $25, and no registration is necessary. To receive a shot, you must be at least 10 years of age. A parent/guardian signature is required for any patients under the age of 18. Mark your calendar and drop in at any of the following locations to receive your annual flu shot.

Sept. 23 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Arbor Room

Goshen Hospital

200 High Park Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

Sept. 26 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Legacy Room

Goshen Hospital

200 High Park Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

Oct. 5 | 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Arbor Room

Goshen Hospital

200 High Park Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

Oct. 6 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Goshen First Fridays

JoJo’s Pretzels

136 S. Main Street 

Goshen, IN 46526

Oct. 9 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Middlebury Public Library

Meeting Room 1

101 East Winslow St.

Middleburry, IN, 46540

Oct. 21 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Nappanee Public Library

157 N. Main Street

Nappanee, IN 46550

Oct. 24 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Summit Room

Goshen Hospital

200 High Park Ave.

Goshen, IN 46526

For more information about the flu shot and your flu shot options, call (574) 364-2496.

Posted: 9/19/2017 by Goshen Health
Filed under: healthy adults, healthy eating, healthy kids, healthy lifestyle, wellness awareness

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