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Published on October 24, 2015

Tidelands Health physician assistant answers questions about the flu

October 24, 2015

Tidelands Health physician assistant answers questions about the flu

Flu season is upon us, and there’s no time to waste in getting your flu shot. Deaths have already been reported, and the flu season doesn’t peak until January. Neal Lilly, a physician assistant with Tidelands Waccamaw Community Care, answers basic questions about the flu vaccine and why you should get a flu shot now.

Q. Why should I get a flu shot?

A. You should get a flu shot to protect yourself against the flu. Every year, people die from flu, and  approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized nationwide. Flu is a serious illness and not something to be taken lightly.

Q. Who should get the flu shot?

A. Everyone over six months of age.

Q. I got a flu shot last year. Do I need another one this year?

A. Yes. The flu vaccine is effective for about six months. Furthermore, flu strains also change every year.

Q.  When should I get the flu vaccine?

A. Get it now .Flu season run from October- May, and it peaks in January.

Q. How long will I be protected?

A. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. After six months, it begins to weaken. months.

Q. What is in the flu vaccine?

A. Most flu vaccines are quadrivalent, meaning they protect four strains: Two strains of Influenza A and two strains of Influenza B. There is a trivalent vaccine that protects against two strains of Influence A and one strain of Influenza B.

Q. I’m a healthy adult, Am I at risk for getting the flu?

Anybody can get the flu. Children and the elderly are most at risk.

Q. Can I catch the flu from a shot?

No. the vaccine is inactivated, or dead, meaning it does not contain the “live” virus and  is not infectious.


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