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Millions of Americans become ill with flu each year, sometimes contracting other serious illnesses as a result. Flu shots provide the best protection against flu and its potential side effects. Self Care LA provides patients with flu shots in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Playa Vista, CA, to help them preserve good health and prevent infection.
Are there different types of flu shots?
Yes. Each year, the type of flu shot can vary based on the strain or type of flu that’s prevalent that year. Most shots are intramuscular, or injected into your muscle, but some may be injected just under your skin and other flu vaccines are inhaled through a nasal spray. Self Care LA can help you determine the best flu shot and delivery method for your needs.
Can I get sick from the flu shot?
Contrary to popular belief, having a flu shot will not cause you to become sick with the flu. Some patients may experience mild flu-like symptoms including general achiness after the flu shot as your body builds up its antibodies, but you will not become ill. A very few people may have allergic reactions, but these are very rare and are mostly associated with vaccines derived from eggs. If you have an egg allergy or sensitivity, be sure to tell your doctor so you can be given an egg-free vaccine. You may experience some redness, tenderness or swelling at the injection site that will go away after a day or two.
Who should have a flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all individuals six months of age or older receive flu vaccines. The need for vaccination is especially important for very young children and the elderly, whose immune systems may be more susceptible to diseases. It’s also highly recommended for people with certain medical conditions such as heart, lung, kidney or liver disease.
Is the flu shot 100 percent effective in preventing flu?
Not always. Although having a flu shot is the best way to prevent the disease, the shot’s effectiveness depends on the health and age of the person receiving the vaccine as well as whether or not the shot you receive works on the flu virus with which you come in contact.