Fast Facts About the Flu Shot
What You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine
Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to keep the influenza virus from spreading. With flu season right around the corner, it's important to know what the flu is, how the flu shot works and when to get it.
What is the Flu?
Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection that is caused by the influenza virus. Some people are at an increased risk of getting seriously ill from getting the flu, including:
- Young children.
- Elderly people.
- People with certain health conditions.
Getting your flu shot helps to protect these more vulnerable members of our community.
How the Flu Shot Works
The flu shot is a vaccine that helps your immune system produce antibodies. These antibodies help to fight off the virus if it enters your system. The seasonal flu vaccine is made up of flu strains that are projected to be prevalent during the upcoming flu season.
When to Get Your Flu Shot
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months gets vaccinated for the flu at least once a year. Since the vaccine takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies, it is best to get your vaccine during the fall months. This will ensure that you’re protected when the flu cases hit their peak during the winter.
Immediate Care Options at St. Luke’s
If you need immediate attention and your primary care provider is unavailable, St. Luke's offers a variety of immediate care options where you can be seen without an appointment. To learn more about St. Luke's immediate care offerings, visit our website or give us a call at (218) 249-4000.
If you or a family member is experiencing a life-threatening injury or illness, please call 911.