As the school year is starting and the weather gets wet and cold, many people will start to get sick. Many people will catch the flu, but you and your family can protect themselves with a flu shot.
What is a Flu Shot?
A flu shot is a shot that gives your body a very small amount of the flu virus. Don’t worry, the shot won’t make you sick. The shot will make your body create cells to fight off the real flu virus, should you come in contact with the germs. These flu shots should prepare your body to fight against three or four of the most common kinds of flu that will be around this year.
There are different versions of the flu shot available to children and adults. Flu shots are designed for different age ranges. A doctor at your community health center can help you find the correct flu shots for each member of your family.
Why Are Flu Shots Important?
The flu can make you very sick. People with the flu can have coughs, headaches, high fevers, sore throats, runny noses, aches, and chills. They may even have trouble sleeping. The flu makes people so sick and tired that they must remain in bed for several days or even weeks.
Some people can have other problems if they catch the flu virus. Some of these people are:
Children between 6 months and 5 years old.
Children and adults who catch the flu may have to stay away from school, work, and other activities. Some people are even hospitalized because the flu is so serious. Parents can protect themselves and their children by getting a flu shot.
Will a Flu Shot Make Me Sick?
Some people are afraid that a flu shot will make them sick. But doctors have shown that flu shots do not cause the flu. People that get a flu shot may have some small problems like a low fever or some body aches. The spot where they got the shot might itch or look red, but they should not catch the flu because they got a flu shot.
A flu shot does not mean that you or your kids will never get the flu. There are a number of ways that people can still get sick with the flu, such as:
Catch flu germs before getting a flu shot.
Sick because of a different virus.
Flu shot did not work for their body.
Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?
There are many places that give flu shots. Your main doctor or local community health center will have flu shots available. These places will need to know if you or your children are allergic to the shot before they will give you one. Your provider at Community Health Center of SnohomishCounty would be happy to give your family flu shots to help keep you healthy.