It’s that time of the year again!  Students in class are sniffling and coughing, tissue boxes are nowhere to be seen, and the kid that sits next to you in English is complaining about his sore throat.  October through May is known for the snowy holiday season and the rainy spring, but it is also prime time for the influenza virus to be spread.  Flu symptoms are a lot like any standard cold—congestion, sore throat, headaches, chills—but come on suddenly and are usually paired with a high fever.  The flu can be a serious bummer on winter plans, but one way to prevent you from getting sick is making sure to receive your annual flu vaccine!

What’s the Flu Vaccine?

The flu vaccine protects you from getting the predicted three to four most common flu strains for the year.  The flu vaccine allows your body to make antibodies that will protect you against the virus.

Flu Shot?

Flu Shot:

  • Injection of the dead flu virus into your arm
  • Most common side effect is arm soreness. Rare side effects include aches and chills.  Cannot cause the flu.
  • Anyone older than six months can receive it.

Can I Get the Flu from the Flu Vaccine?

No, the flu shot doesn’t cause the flu.

Why Should I Get Vaccinated?

The CDC believes that around 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year and many die from complications.  By receiving a flu vaccine, you reduce your chances greatly of getting or spreading the flu virus.

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