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Prevent infection by getting the flu vaccine

The flu is an influenza virus infection of the respiratory tract. It ranges from being a mild infection to a life-threatening illness, especially with complications like pneumonia .

Flu season begins every autumn. Each year, the major strains of the flu virus vary. Scientists predict the strongest strains for the coming year to develop each year’s vaccine. The flu vaccine triggers your immune system to make antibodies against the strain of influenza in the vaccine. If your body encounters these strains, your immune system is ready to attack the virus and prevent infection.

Dedicated to your well-being, Goshen Physicians wants to provide every opportunity for you to get your flu shot in Goshen, IN, and surrounding areas. See your primary care provider about getting a seasonal flu vaccine. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call (877) 566-4600.

Should I get a flu shot?

The flu vaccine benefits everyone because the flu is highly contagious. You can also pass the flu to others before you even know you’re sick.

By getting the flu vaccine, you keep yourself healthy and avoid spreading it to others. The more people who get the vaccine, the less chance there is for the disease to spread.

The flu vaccine is the most effective way of preventing the flu. Prevention is extremely important for those who have the highest risk of flu-related complications.

High-risk groups include:

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Children under age 5, but especially those under age 2
  • People with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
  • People who are morbidly obese
  • Pregnant women
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

Is the flu vaccine safe?

The flu vaccine is generally safe. You can’t get the flu from the vaccine because the viruses in the vaccine are either dead or inactivated. However, you can have a reaction that feels like the flu. You can also catch the flu despite being vaccinated if you’re infected by a strain the vaccine didn’t cover.

It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the vaccine, with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling and dizziness. If you have life-threatening allergies to the flu shot, you shouldn’t get the vaccine. Some people should get the nasal spray instead.

Talk to your primary care doctor about whether getting a flu shot is the right decision for you.

Goshen Physicians offers vaccinations, including the flu shot, in Goshen, IN, and throughout Elkhart County.