Flu Vaccine Near Me
Why Should I get the Flu vaccine?
Influenza kills approximately 30,000-90,000 ( variation depends on severity) Americans each year and causes millions to get sick. This seasonal illness costs our economy 10 billion dollars annually. By taking a flu vaccine, you can be part of the solution rather than the problem. The vaccine is well tolerated, free or usually very inexpensive and very effective if taken consistently on an annual basis.
When should I get the vaccine?
The exact timing of taking the vaccine can change from year to year, but generally the recommendation is to take this life saving vaccine in September or October every year. The latest recommended time is by the end of October. Mountain Medical can make sure you and your family are protected.
Flu Vaccine FAQs:
- Why Do some people still get the flu? The Flu vaccine is not perfect nor is it 100% effective. But, those that accept the vaccine are generally much less ill and die less often than those that choose not to take the vaccination. The flu vaccine only protects a person from influenza virus, people can still get sick with many other viruses like those causing the common colds: RSV, Rhinovirus, and others.
- How effective is the Flu shot? The effectiveness varies from year to year and is dependent upon multiple factors like the age and health status of the patient. Generally its about 60% effective, but over 90% at preventing serious illness and death when taken regularly.
- Who should get the Flu vaccine? Everyone 6 months and older in the United States should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season. There are very few exceptions.
- Who should not get the flu vaccine? Children under 6 months of age, people with life threatening allergy to any component in the vaccine.
- What vaccine should I take if I’m over 65 years old? There are high-dose variations of the flu shot for people over 65. On June 22, 2022, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously to preferentially recommend the high dose vaccines over standard-dose unadjuvanted flu vaccines. The options this year are: Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine or Fluad Quadrivalent.
- What are the common side effects? soreness, redness, and/or swelling at the vaccine site, low grade headache, fatigue, and muscle aches.