Brace yourselves, flu season is coming… but we can help you get ahead of it! Flu vaccines are in at Carolina Convenient Care. You should get the flu vaccine before the flu begins spreading in your community, making this the perfect time to get it out of the way. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body. Get the vaccine now and be protected throughout the season!
At Carolina Convenient Care get a nurse visit and the flu vaccine for just $35 for self-paying patients. Many insurances will cover the cost of your flu vaccine.
Why Should You Get the Flu Vaccine?
Influenza, or the flu, is a very serious disease that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Every flu season is unique and the flu affects everyone differently. Even a person who is very healthy can get sick from the flu or a flu-related illness and spread it to others.
Getting the flu vaccine is not just about protecting yourself, it also helps the community. When you get the flu vaccine, you are helping to keep higher-risk seniors and young children, who may not be able to get the vaccine, safe.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
Everyone who is six months or older should get the flu vaccine every season. These flu vaccines are also approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.
The only people who should not get a flu vaccine are those that are younger than six months of age or who have life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient that is in the vaccine. If you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, you should talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting the flu vaccine. If you are not feeling well, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms before you get the flu vaccine or wait until you are feeling better.
Common Misconceptions About the Flu Vaccine
There are lots of rumors and stories that go around as soon as flu season approaches. Here are a few that we have heard and some information to set them straight.
Myth #1: You don’t need to get the flu vaccine if you got it last year.
Fact: You need to get the new flu vaccine every year because circulating strains change and immunity from the vaccine fades.
Myth #2: The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
Fact: The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu because the virus it contains has been inactivated, therefore it is not infectious. The most common side effects are soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the vaccine was given.
Myth#3: If you are allergic to eggs you cannot get the flu vaccine.
Fact: Being allergic to eggs is no longer a contraindication. People with egg allergies do not need to be observed for an allergic reaction for 30 minutes after receiving the flu vaccine. If you have a history of an egg allergy but have only experienced hives after exposure to eggs, you should get the flu vaccine. For more information on the flu vaccine and having and egg allergies, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Myth #4: The flu vaccine does not work on me. Last time I got the vaccine, I still got the flu.
Fact: The flu vaccine cannot offer 100 percent protection against the flu, but it does reduce your risk of getting it and decreases the severity if you do get the flu.
Here are 32 myths from Health News From NPR, to help put your mind at ease.
Stop in to see us soon for your nurse visit and flu vaccine!