It's time for a flu shot


Have you gotten your flu shot yet? It's as important as ever to get vaccinated, with in-person classrooms and workplaces open again.
A flu shot helps you fight off nasty symptoms of the flu. It also works to prevent the spread of the disease and protect those around you, including family, friends and coworkers.
Here are nine things to know about the flu shot.

  1. Your body makes antibodies that protect you against the flu.

  2. Mild side effects may include soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where you got the shot. Other side effects include low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches – are not symptoms of the flu.

  3. Your body needs two weeks to develop immunity against the flu. That means you aren’t protected against the flu until two weeks after your shot.

  4. You can get sick with flu even if you get a flu shot. However, symptoms usually are less severe if you've been vaccinated. The only way to know for sure you have the flu is to get a flu test.

  5. Flu shots are especially important for people with certain medical conditions. If you have asthma, heart disease or diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

  6. October is a good times to be vaccinated against flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

  7. An annual flu shot gives you the best protection against the virus. That's because immune protection from the shot declines over time.

  8. Flu viruses constantly change. This year's flu shot is designed to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during flu season.

  9. It's safe to get a flu shot at the same time you get the COVID-19 vaccine. Your immune response and side effects may be the same as when you get the vaccines separately.

These tips are from Dr. Tamara Kermani at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine Milford. Dr. Kermani is a family medicine physician who provides expert medical care for people of all ages. She is specially trained in internal medicine and geriatrics and treats a wide range of chronic diseases and complex conditions.