Flu season is just around the corner! Yes! Before the questions come up, you’ll already have the answers.Here, you’ll find helpful review points about the flu virus, flu vaccine administration, and what to know about the upcoming season:
1.Review of the flu
what: the flu comes from a very contagious virus that cause respiratory illness.
How: is spread person to person by droplets emitted from talking, sneezing , and coughing. These droplets may land in a person’s nose, mouth or eyes, or on a surface in which another may touch.
Length: People may be contagious 1 day before symptoms begin to about 1 week after symptoms start.
2.What customers might ask:
Q. why do I have to get a flu shot every year?
A. Viruses change all the time. When you receive a flu shot, you body develops immunity to that virus or any other flu virus that looks very similar to it. But since the flu virus changes all the time, the shot that you received the prior years is probably ineffective for this virus that is circulating now.
Q. I’m healthy. I’ll be fine if I get the flu, correct?
A. You have to think about other people that you can Infect that might be more susceptible than you to getting severely ill (e.g. people 65 or over, children less than 2 years, immunocompromised people). Also, even “healthy people” can get sick. Flu can lead to may other infections, such as pneumonia and sinus infections.
Q. why do I sometimes get sick after a shot?
A. The IM flu shot is inactive; it can’t cause the flu. The vaccination can cause mild reactions, such as a low-grade fever, muscle soreness, mild redness and swelling at the site of injection, and headache. These symptoms usually last a day or two.
Q. How can I prevent the flu, other getting a vaccination?
A. always keep hands clean, and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose. Also, avoiding people that sick is always a good idea.
Q. Recommended needle size?
A. Adults 18 and over: 1 to 1 and ½ inch
Q. I have no more High-dose!?
A. no worries. The High dose does have 4 times the antigens to develop a stronger immune response for age 65 and over, but the CDC says you can give either the High-dose or regular flu vaccine to age 65 and up.
Q. what’s the difference in this years vaccine vs the one fro last season?
A. 2018-2019 2019-2020
A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A A/Kansas/14/2017
“Both B/Victoria and B/Yamagata virus components from the 2018-2019 flu vaccine remain the same for the 2019-2020 flu vaccine.” www.cdc.gov