The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year! In addition, good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often, can help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like the flu.

We have flu vaccines in stock at MEHOP and October is a great time to get the vaccine before there is a high risk of being exposed to the virus. This gives your body the opportunity for your immune system to develop its protection which is typically a two-week period after receiving the vaccine.

Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu Vaccines

Can a flu vaccine give you the flu?

No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Injectable flu vaccines are made
either with flu viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and therefore are not
infectious, or by using only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to
the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing
infection.

Is it better to get the flu than the flu vaccine?

No. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children,
older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Any flu
infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or
death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore,
getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune
protection.

What about people who get a seasonal flu vaccine and still get sick with flu symptoms?

There are several reasons why someone might get a flu symptoms, even
after they have been vaccinated against flu.
• Some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides
flu such as rhinoviruses, which are associated with the common cold,
cause symptoms similar to flu, and common during the flu season.
The flu vaccine only protects against influenza, not other illnesses.
• It is possible to be exposed to influenza viruses shortly before getting
vaccinated or during the two-week period after vaccination that it
takes the body to develop immune protection.
• A person may have been exposed to a flu virus that is very different
from the viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against. The
ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the
similarity or “match” between the viruses selected to make the
vaccine and those spreading and causing illness that year.

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