Flu Season Means Time for some Flu Vaccines

It is the cold season once again and flu-related diseases are going to infect almost everyone. According to the study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about 20% Americans are affected with flu diseases every year. Of the estimated 200,000 people about 50,000 of them died due to flu-related diseases.

The nature of flu vaccines

Once you are injected with the flu vaccine, the antibodies help your body fight off against different strains of flu viruses. The antibodies are attenuated viruses that kill pathogens entering your body. It is activated 1-2 weeks after vaccination.

Flu-related diseases usually peak on October until May so it is very ideal to have the shot sometime in September. Some of the flu vaccines given include the Traditional Flue vaccines or the Trivalent vaccines which gives you protection form Influenza A H1N1, Influenza A H3N2 as well as Ifluenza B virus. Vaccine is the quadrivalent vaccine.

Flu vaccine can be given to almost everyone aging from 6 years old and above. But there are some people who are at risk for complications because of the virus that is entered into the body when vaccinated. This includes:

- Elder people aging 65 and above
- Pregnant women
- Children less than 5 years old
- Caregivers taking care of children especially the infants
- Those with underlying disease like HIV, Diabetes and those with compromised immune system

Are there side effects when getting a flu vaccine?

Today, the vaccine can be given through a FluMist nasal spray or by injection. Some of the common side effects include runny nose, vomiting, headache, fever and even muscle aches.

However, before getting a vaccine, your should tell your doctor that you are allergic to eggs because the vaccine contains egg proteins. Allergic reaction to egg may be life threatening and cannot be managed right away since the anaphylaction reaction results after about 30 minutes. Previous reaction to flu vaccinations should not be missed out when you speak with your doctor. Like an allergic reaction it can be serious and even life-threatening if you get another dose of flu vaccine but experienced a problem with the last shot.