The Influenza or flu vaccine protects against the influenza virus. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and if left untreated or based on the severity, it can lead to death. The “flu season” changes every year and so does the vaccination. Though the elderly and very young are are more susceptible to contracting influenza, even healthy people are at risk and can get very ill and spread the disease.

What exactly is the flu?

The flu (aka influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by either influenza A or B virus. The virus spreads through the body and can cause a high fever along with body aches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. The flu can typically last for several days to a week, depending on how soon medical attention is sought.

When is flu season?

Flu season is when the virus is more common. The flu season in the United States is typically fall through early spring. However, the flu can be contracted at any point throughout the year.

How is the flu spread?

Any fluids or secretions from the lungs that come in contact with another person can cause the virus to spread. Contamination in a common or public place means particles in the air containing the flu virus are inhaled by another person.

How does the flu shot work?

The flu shot is a vaccine that is injected into the arm.  The vaccine helps diminish the severity of symptoms if the body still contracts the influenza virus. TThe vaccine in a flu shot changes or switches each year based on which of the strands is more common in the upcoming season.