5 Surprising Facts about Flu Shots

Flu season is almost upon us… The CDC says flu season runs typically from October through the end of January. It’s a respiratory virus with potentially dangerous consequences, especially for children and older individuals.

Facts about Flu Shots

Most people have an opinion about flu shots – they’re either all for or totally against them. Here are 5 interesting facts about the flu shot that might be surprising!

1. Flu Shots are HIGHLY recommended.

Many opt not to get a flu shot because they didn’t grow up getting them as kids. But, just as childhood vaccinations have continued to change with new research – so has new data about flu and preventing influenza in your home. The CDC compiled all of the statistical data and research to determine the recommendation for everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot.

2. Flu Shots Don’t Give You the Flu.

So many people assume that getting a flu shot means getting injected with a little bit of the flu, and as your body fights it off, that’s how the shot can help protect you all season long. But that’s not how it works – with a flu shot, you’re actually given a shot full of antibodies that have already fought the flu. Flu shots consists of antibodies that fight three strands of flu viruses that the CDC predicts will hit the population each flu season. If you experience some soreness, drowsiness or even a low-grade fever, you may just be experiencing your body producing more flu-fighting antibodies.

3. A Shot Isn’t your Only Option for Preventing Flu.

Getting the actual flu shot is the most commonly known way to prevent the flu – it’s the easiest way to protect yourself and your family against the influenza virus. However, nasal sprays are available to some who can’t bear the thought of needles.

4. Influenza isn’t the same as “Stomach Flu.”

You may associate “flu” with vomiting and diarrhea. However, flu is actually a respiratory infection that begins in the nose. Flu attacks the nose, chest and air passageways. Its danger comes from the risk of causing infections, particularly pneumonia. When vomiting and diarrhea occur, that’s more likely because of a bacterial or viral infection in the digestive tract – not necessarily the respiratory version of the flu.

5. The Flu is VERY Contagious.

We all know that viruses like the flu are contagious. But did you realize that adults can be contagious for up to 7 days, and kids even 10 days? Flu spreads by drops of water or germs on surfaces. When you sneeze or cough, some of those drops may fall upon surfaces that others may touch. For up to seven days, if you have flu, you may infect other people with the virus. The best way to avoid this is to stay home, stay in bed, cough into a tissue, and not expose anyone for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

Test Smartly Offers Flu Shots

If you’re in the Kansas City area and haven’t had your flu shot yes, please contact us. We provide on-site flu shots at each of our locations. Come by today!

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