Flu FAQs

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It is strongly recommended that you immunize yourself against both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. While dangerous on its own, the flu can cause further health complications and, in some cases, lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses. These underlying symptoms and respiratory concerns make you a high risk to the deadly effects of the coronavirus.

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine does not protect you against the seasonal flu, so you should still get a flu vaccine even if you’ve already received a COVID-19 vaccine and booster.

Because social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines continue to loosen, we may experience higher risk of catching and transmitting the flu than last season. For this reason, it’s very important to receive the 2022-2023 seasonal flu vaccine.

A flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Instead, it stimulates an immune system response so that your body is prepared to resist the virus. Allergic reactions to the flu vaccine are possible, but extremely rare. What remains important is that flu vaccines work and can save lives.

Learn more about how vaccines protect your body against viruses.

Flu vaccinations are:

  • The best option for not getting sick with the flu.
  • Capable of decreasing the amount of flu-related visits to the hospital for children, working adults, and the elderly.
  • Protection for women during and after pregnancy.
  • Life-saving for children.
  • Symptom-reducing in cases where people still contract the deadly virus.
  • A safe and effective way to protect the people around you.

Yes, children should get the seasonal flu vaccine. Parents and caretakers of children, especially those under age five, need to be aware of the dangers of the flu. Highly contagious and more dangerous than the common cold, the flu infects millions of children every year. Children with serious health problems like asthma, diabetes, and neurological and immune system disorders are especially vulnerable to infection.

Fortunately, there is a safe and reliable way to protect your children. Several different flu vaccines exist for each different strain of flu. The vaccine your child receives depends on their age and what strains of flu are predicted to be active this year. Health care providers at AdvantageCare Physicians will know what vaccines are right for your child.

 

For more information about children and the flu, visit the CDC’s website.

The best time to receive your seasonal flu vaccine is in September or October. However, getting vaccinated late in the season is still better than not getting vaccinated at all.

Flu season ramps up in October and ends its peak in February but can continue into May. That’s why we recommend patients get vaccinated as soon as possible. Children who need two doses of the vaccine should go earlier because the vaccines must be spaced at least four weeks apart. Note: It takes around two weeks to achieve immunization after receiving a flu vaccination.

Yes, pregnant women can receive the flu vaccine recommended for their age.

While the flu vaccine is recommended for most people age 6 months and older, there are exceptions. Patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome and patients with life-threatening allergies to ingredients in the vaccine, such as gelatin and antibiotics, should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. Patients with egg allergies should consult these guidelines.

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Your annual flu vaccine remains an effective way to lower your risk of contracting the flu, which is especially important for the 2022-2023 flu season.

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