Things Everyone Should Know About Flu Vaccine
Posted on : September 25, 2020 by Clinic One on Flu Vaccines
When is the right time to get a Flu Vaccine?
Although you can get a flu shot during the flu season at any time, the timing of getting it does matter.
The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) suggests people in the northern hemisphere get vaccinated between early September and late October.
According to the Nepali calendar, the month lies between Bhadra and Asoj.
The flu virus is around all year, but from September through the spring it spreads more quickly, usually peaking between December and February.
The vaccine usually takes about 2 weeks to develop enough antibodies to protect you against the flu.
Over time, protection fades, so being vaccinated before September will make you more sensitive at the end of the flu season.
During late winter to early spring, you can continue receiving the vaccine.
Children between 6 to 35 months need to take two doses 4 weeks apart, so it’s best to start them in early September.
What are the things to consider before getting a Flu Shot?
Some people should consult with their health care provider before getting a flu shot.
If you have any of the conditions below, talk to your health care provider. He or she will help you decide whether the vaccination is right for you.
- If you are currently sick or unwell, it is best if you wait until you’re better.
- Children who are under the age of 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.
- If you have any allergy to eggs or other ingredients that is present in the vaccine.
- People with a Guillain-Barré Syndrome a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS should not get a flu vaccine. Consult your doctor about your GBS history.
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Why is the Flu Vaccine important?
Flu season starts from fall to early spring, in a typical year. In today’s scenario getting a flu vaccine is more important and vital.
Some importance of the flu vaccine is mentioned below:
- The flu vaccination will prevent you from being sick with the flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization associated with flu for children, adults of working age, and older adults.
- In some studies, the flu vaccine has been shown to decrease influenza symptoms in individuals who get vaccinated but still get sick.
- Getting vaccinated not only saves you but also the people around you.