Facts about the Flu Shot
According to the CDC, 157 million to 168 million doses of flu vaccine will be available in the United States this year. It’s recommended to get your flu shot early—by the end of October—because the flu season is unpredictable. It usually begins in October and ends in May. The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu shot each year.
There have been a couple of changes to flu vaccine guidelines for 2016-2017. The flu nasal spray is not recommended this year due to concerns about its effectiveness. Also, it’s no longer recommended that people with egg allergies be monitored in their doctor’s office or clinic after receiving the flu shot. Children under the age of 6 months and people who have had a previous serious reaction to the flu vaccine should not receive a flu shot.
It takes a couple of weeks to build up immunity to the flu after receiving the vaccine. Side effects of the flu shot are usually mild. They include soreness, redness, and swelling at the site of the injection, fever, and body aches.
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