How Does the Flu Shot Keep You From Getting Sick?

Ben Davidson
October 10, 2018

"Flu season starts around the holidays like between Christmas and New Year's", said Debbie Konopacka, a registered nurse.

"What I do know is we need to get everyone vaccinated or as many people as we possibly can to prevent the spread of the flu". Flu shots help protect not only you, but those around you.

The Florida Department of Health is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. In Buncombe County, an elderly person reportedly died from the flu, while a 29-year-old lawyer from Benson died a week ago of a cardiac event following complications from the flu.

"Real flu can be debilitating and if you are already living with a condition, you are either very young or very old it can hit you harder". "Usually the flu is a pretty sudden onset of fever, cough, body aches and sometimes people get nausea" said Baron.

Freshman Georgia Wainwright said the SHS has done a great job making flu shots readily available to students. Those with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about whether a flu shot is appropriate. "And they're having a mild season (this year)".

There is no live flu virus in flu shots. Visit for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.

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While that hadn't eventuated here, ESR intelligence group leader Dr Lisa Oakley said many people infected with the flu might not have sought care or have even shown symptoms, meaning the figures were conservative.

Traditional flu vaccines (called "trivalent" vaccines) protect against three flu viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B. You may also come across vaccines called "quadrivalent" vaccines which protect against an additional B virus.

The vaccine can't protect against the flu 100%. Despite being produced via raw eggs, you can not get salmonella poisoning from the flu shot. It turned out that even though the normal vaccine is made in an egg-based culture, people who are allergic to eggs aren't allergic to the vaccine, she said.

Benefits and types According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. University of Pittsburgh professor and director of PittVax, Richard Zimmerman, explained to Popular Science in 2017 that the pain in your arm actually means the vaccine is doing its job.

"I would argue that you probably saved more people in a busy [flu] season", Wolfe said. While it does contain small traces of ingredients that would poisonous in large doses - such as formaldehyde or preservatives such as thimerosal - Healthline reported that studies have "overwhelmingly" found the flu shot is safe.

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