Influenza is a disease that not only can cause hospitalization but sometimes death.
The flu spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or breathes into the air and other breathe in that same air through their nose or mouths and also get infected by this disease.
It is very dangerous if one person transfers the flu to either a young or elderly person, due to the fact that their immune systems are too weak to fight off the virus.
So by getting vaccinated you are not only protecting yourself but your loved ones around you.
How does the flu vaccine work?
The flu shot contains strains of the flu that have been killed off. In the matter of a two week period your body builds antibodies to help you fight off those specific strains of the flu if you ever get in contact with them.
Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
Every flu season the strain of flu changes slightly.
Are there any side effects?
With any vaccination there is always some risk of allergy. The most common side effects include:
•Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Most people who receive a flu shot do not experience any life threatening side effects but if you do notice that these side effects persist after a week contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
When should I get the flu vaccine?
You should receive the flu vaccine as soon as your local pharmacy is offering it. The United States flu season can start as early as October and can last through the month of May.
Where can I get the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools.
Penn State Hazleton will begin flu shots on Oct. 16. They offer the shots to students for $15 which is 1/2 price essentially.
Prevent the flu and go get a flu shot.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Information provided by the Center of Disease Control and the Penn State Hazleton Health Services)