With COVID-19 still prevalent during this flu season, it is extremely important to get the influenza (flu) shot this year. The flu season generally begins in the fall, and it is most prominent during both the fall and winter seasons. The flu vaccine became widely available in the United States in 1945, and each year it has been an important step to protecting yourself against influenza. It helps prevent millions of illnesses and flu-related visits each year. The injection is available each year beginning in September. A prominent myth about the flu vaccine is that is causes the flu, however it does not.

 

Who Can Get The Flu Vaccine:

It is important for everyone 6 months of age and older to get the injection every season. Children 6 months to 8 years old may need 2 doses during a single flu season. Everyone else only needs 1 dose during a single flu season. Each year the flu vaccine is created to protect against 3-4 influenza viruses.  These are believed to be the prominent viruses in the upcoming flu season. For more information you can visit the CDC website as well.

It is extremely rare to have an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine, and those with egg allergy do not need to worry about adverse reactions after receiving the shot. The injection has minuscule traces of egg protein within it, too small of an amount to have a reaction to. However, if you are worried about having a reaction or have had a previous reaction to the injection, it is important to go to a primary care of specialty office to receive it, compared to a minute clinic or pharmacy. National Allergy & ENT is now offering the flu vaccine in clinic, so if you would like to schedule an appointment to receive the flu vaccine then please call our office at (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.