6 Things Everyone Should Know About the Flu Shot
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- It takes two weeks for the vaccine to kick in. This is a good reason to get vaccinated early in the season, when flu viruses spread slowly.
- Getting the flu shot will not cause you to get the flu.
- It’s generally fine to get a flu shot if you are feeling sick, but if you have a fever, it’s best to wait. Always consult with your doctor prior to getting the flu shot, especially if you have a chronic condition.
- You may experience mild side effects from the shot, such as soreness at the injection site, mild fever or nausea.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines or an allergy to eggs. Some vaccines are made using small amounts of egg proteins, but there are types of flu vaccines that don’t contain any. If you have any concerns regarding the flu shot, talk to your doctor.
- Children under the age of six months are too young to receive the vaccine, but if you’re pregnant, the CDC recommends you get the flu shot. It will protect both you and your baby from serious flu complications.