Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to protect your child from the flu.
Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about the truth of flu vaccination. Here’s the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body a couple of weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
The flu virus changes all the time. This means the vaccine has to be altered each year. Therefore, this year’s vaccine is not the same as last year’s vaccine and your child will need to get a new flu shot each year.
No. The vaccine contains viruses that have been weakened to prevent them causing flu in children or adults.
Unfortunately, no. There is no flu vaccine option for people with extreme allergy to eggs because all our flu vaccines are currently produced in eggs.
The flu vaccine rarely causes serious negative side effects. The most common reaction to the flu shot is mild soreness at the site of injection. Flu-like symptoms, such as fever and muscle aches, occasionally occur six to 12 hours after receiving the flu shot and last one to two days. However, these symptoms are not typical.
Flu season typically occurs between October and May, but can begin as early as September and last through June in certain years.
Scientists make predictions about what flu strains will circulate the following year when they prepare the flu vaccine. Most years, these predictions result in a flu vaccine that provides significant protection, but there is still a chance you or your child may contract a strain that is not included in the vaccine.
Yes. Routine illnesses should not prevent a child from receiving the flu vaccine.