The best time to get a flu shot is in the early fall, particularly in late September or early October. Your body takes about two weeks after the shot to build up enough antibodies to protect against infection, so it’s best to get the shot early in flu season. But […]
Seniors can get the standard flu shot, but it may not be as effective, since people over the age of 65 have a weaker immune system. A high dose flu vaccine that has four times as many antigens than a regular flu shot is a better option for seniors. Seniors […]
You can get a flu shot with a cold as long as you don’t have a fever. Getting a flu shot with a cold will not make the side effects of the flu shot worse, or make the vaccine less effective. However, you should not get a flu shot if […]
Actress and musician Rita Wilson is encouraging everyone to get the flu shot, especially the 200 million who are most vulnerable to serious complications. Wilson was hospitalized with COVID-19 in March, and experienced nausea, chills, and a loss of taste and smell. “I never, ever want to get it again,” […]
Massachusetts health officials said on Wednesday that all students 6 months old and over must receive a flu shot vaccination by December 31. The mandate does not apply to students who are homeschooled or university students who are not attending in-person classes due to the coronavirus. The order comes as […]
You can still get the flu after being vaccinated. If you get the shot too early in the year, its effectiveness could wane, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu vaccine can take the average healthy adult’s immune system up to two weeks to build up […]
Your infant is eligible for their first flu shot once they’re 6 months old. Many children who are getting their flu shot for the first time will need two injections. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved a higher dose of Fluzone Quadrivalent – an ingredient in the flu […]
Data so far indicates that this year’s flu vaccine is 45% overall effective, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu vaccine was more effective against flu type B this year compared to flu type A. This article was reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specialises […]
The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get the flu vaccine each year. Beyond getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can help you fight off the flu vaccine. This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who […]
You can and should get a flu shot while pregnant, and the best time to get it is the start of the flu season, which is in October for the US. The flu shot doesn’t just protect the mother, it also protects the baby against the flu virus after birth. […]
The flu shot cannot give you the flu but it may cause you to feel achy or feverish. Mild side effects from the flu vaccine should resolve in less than two days. If you are experiencing severe symptoms after getting the flu vaccine you could either be suffering from an […]
Rite Aid is a leading drugstore chain in the US, with close to 2,500 stores in 19 states. Walmart’s pharmacies are also popular and convenient destinations for picking up drugstore needs, especially in the middle of a larger shopping trip. We visited both drugstores to see which provided a better […]
Humidity plays an important role in flu transmission, and flu spreads fastest when it’s cold and dry. But researchers who studied flu rates in 603 metro areas around the US from 2002 to 2008 found that the viruses don’t circulate the same way everywhere. In large cities, flu season tends […]
An estimated 80,000 people died from the flu and its complications last winter, according to the Centres from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last winter’s death toll was higher than every other flu season going back to 1976-1977. Last year’s vaccine was 40% effective against the flu virus, CDC estimates […]
Flu season is approaching in the US and clinics are opening up to provide shots or a nasal mist for protection. The flu vaccine has been updated this year to combat new strains of the virus, and experts think it may perform better than last year’s against some nasty versions. […]
The flu season is off to a strong start, with 21 states reporting ‘high’ flu-like activity. This year’s vaccine isn’t as effective as usual, but it can still prevent you from getting some versions of the flu. People who do catch the flu can get rid of it faster with […]
The most common kind of flu shot is grown in eggs. For years, clinicians were coached to ask if patients were allergic to eggs before administering a shot. But a wealth of studies confirm that the egg-based flu vaccine is safe even for those allergic to eggs. For years, immunologists […]
This year’s flu vaccine is not very effective at staving off one of the most virulent and common strains: H3N2. The shot can still help prevent 40-60% of flu cases and make the virus milder if you do catch it. Flu season is off to a strong start in the […]
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