Getting your yearly influenza (flu) shot from Canton XpressMed is a quick and convenient way to help protect yourself from the flu. By immunizing yourself, you also help to prevent the spread of the flu.
Early vaccination is key to:
- Ensuring that you are prepared in advance for flu season, which can sometimes start in October.
- Giving your body time to become fully immune, since it takes about two weeks for antibodies to completely develop after receiving the vaccine.
Who should get a flu shot:
- All healthy adults, especially those 65 years of age and older.
- Pregnant women.
- Healthcare workers.
- People with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systems.
- Caregivers of children under 5 years old.
Who should not get a flu shot
- Infants younger than 6 months of age.
- Anyone with an egg allergy. (Depending on allergy severity. Read about egg allergy recommendations from the CDC.)
- Anyone who has had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.
- Anyone who currently has a moderate or severe illness or fever.
Influenza is a serious illness, which can lead to hospitalization or even, in rare cases, death. By getting vaccinated against the flu, you not only help protect your own health, but you protect those who are unable to receive the vaccine.
Community immunity – or, “herd immunity”– helps everyone by ensuring that a large portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease.
Flu shot facts:
- Can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- Reduces the risk of hospitalization or death due to flu, especially for senior citizens and young children.
- Helps protect women during and after pregnancy, and may even reduce the risk of flu for the baby for up to four months after birth.**
- Could make flu symptoms milder if you do contract an influenza strain not included in the shot.
- Decreases the chances the flu will spread, which protects people who cannot get vaccinated.
- The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in an individual roughly two weeks after the vaccine is administered.
- Flu strains vary each year. This year’s flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Because the flu vaccine is updated annually, it is recommended that you get vaccinated each year.
- The flu shot is administered in the arm. It is typically a quick and easy procedure. The vaccination is not a live virus, and thus has been shown to have fewer side effects than other types of vaccinations.
- The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent seasonal influenza for you, your family and the community at large.
- Most insurance providers, including many Medicare plans, cover the cost of preventative flu vaccines.