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FLU Immunization Facts!

For the last four years I’ve gotten the Flu vaccination. And…(knock on wood) and have not gotten the flu any of the years I received the shot. So I am an advocate that if you are a candidate, you NEED to get your shot! But I also have plenty of friends that disagree with me and think that it’s not a good idea! I’ve got some information below of Frequently Asked Questions about getting this years 2010/2011 Flu vaccination from the Missouri website below! Hopefully it will answer lots of your questions!

Flu shots are available through places like Walgreens and Schnucks for usually about $25.00 to $30.00 and many insurances cover it! But for information on where to get your shot and more, you can visit this site: STAY HEALTHY!

QWhat viruses will this season’s vaccine protect against?

AThe 2010-2011 flu vaccine is being made in the same way as seasonal vaccines have been made for decades. It will protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

QIs the flu vaccine safe?

AA vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.

Serious problems from influenza vaccine are very rare. The viruses in inactivated influenza vaccine have been killed, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine.

Mild problems:

  • soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • hoarseness, sore or red eyes, cough, itchiness
  • fever
  • aches

If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1 to 2 days.

Severe problems:

  • Life-threatening allergic reactions from vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.
  • In 1976, a certain type of influenza (swine flu) vaccine was associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Since then, flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS. However, if there is a risk of GBS from current flu vaccines, it would be no more than 1 or 2 cases per million people vaccinated. This is much lower than the risk of severe influenza, which can be prevented by vaccination.

Q What is the connection between H1N1 or seasonal flu and invasive pneumococcal disease?
A Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. When these bacteria invade the lungs, they can cause pneumonia. They can also invade the bloodstream, causing bacteremia, or get into the tissues and fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord, causing meningitis. Invasive pneumococcal infection kills thousands of Americans each year, most of them 65 years of age or older. People who have H1N1 or seasonal flu are more likely to develop pneumococcal infections as a complication. These infections can be very serious and even deadly.

Q How can I protect myself against pneumococcal disease?
A There are safe and effective vaccines available to help protect children and adults against invasive pneumococcal disease.