Do you know which of the following statements about the flu are correct?
- Up to 20% of people will get it this season.
- Thousands of Americans die each year from the flu or flu-related complications.
- The best way to prevent influenza is with an annual flu shot.
It is a bit of a trick question, but the real answer is that all of the above are true. The flu is a potentially life-threatening illness that affects a large chunk of the US population each year. In fact, the CDC urges everyone over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine since it is the most effective way to ward off the illness. While the elderly and people with certain health conditions may be particularly at risk, it is important to realize that anyone can catch the flu.
It is best to get your flu shot as early in the season as possible since flu season usually peaks between October and February, and it can take up to two weeks to develop full immunity.
Top Flu Shot Myths Debunked
If you check social media or even watch the news this time of year, there are a lot of rumors and myths that get passed around about the flu shot. However, we’re here to set the record straight.
You can get the flu from the flu shot.
The flu shot can cause serious reactions.
The flu shot contains mercury.
No, this is impossible since the flu shot contains no active flu virus.
A small percentage of people report soreness or redness at the injection site. More serious reactions are very rare and are usually connected with severe egg allergies. If you do have an egg allergy you may still be able to get the flu vaccine, but please speak with your physician beforehand.
Some versions of the flu shot contain a very small amount of a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. There is a large body of scientific evidence showing that thimerosal is safe, however, Partners Urgent Care does offer a mercury-free option.
Partners Urgent Care 2017-2018 FAQs
The most common flu strains have changed for 2017-2018 and this year’s flu shot has been specifically formulated to defend against those new viruses.
Partners Urgent Care will offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which offers protective immunity against:
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014(H3N2)-like virus
- B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
We can administer vaccines to anyone over 12 months old.
Partners Urgent Care will not be offering the flu vaccine nasal spray as it is not supported by the CDC.