Flu season is underway. Here is what you need to know to prepare.

Flu season is underway. Here is what you need to know to prepare.

Flu season is underway. Here is what you need to know to prepare.

The 2016-2017 flu season has officially started in South Dakota. It typically runs from October to March, peaking in February, so right now is the ideal time to get your flu shots. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the seasonal flu and the Influenza vaccine.

Can I get the nasalize mist?

No. According the opens in a new windowCenter for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the FluMist is not recommended for use in any setting this season because of concerns about its effectiveness.

I have an egg allergy. Can I still get vaccinated?

Yes. Individuals with a history of egg allergy who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can still receive flu vaccine appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status. Individuals who experience severe allergic reactions to egg should consult their family physician before receive this years vaccination.

I always get sick after getting my flu shot. Does the vaccine contain the live virus?

No. The Influenza vaccine uses viruses that have been inactive and are therefore are no longer infectious. In some cases no viruses are present at all. opens in a new windowFlu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection. If you experience mild symptoms after receiving the vaccine, this could be a side effect. Fear not, there effects are short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of bad case of flu.

Why did I get the flu last year even though I was vaccinated?

There are many viruses that produce flu like symptoms and the flu vaccine can not protect us against all of them. The vaccine is designed to protect against infection and illness caused by the strain of flu viruses that experts have found will be most common during the flu season.

The Influenza vaccine is your best chance to reduce the overall risk of flu-associated illness, medical visits and flu-related complications and hospitalizations during the next five to six months. Contact any of our five opens in a new windowprimary care locations to inquire about our flu shot clinics.

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