Flu Shot: Get The Facts Not The Flu
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Flu: A serious illness
If you’ve ever had seasonal influenza (the flu), you know it can be very unpleasant. Fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, and extreme tiredness can make it hard to leave your bed and make you feel very unwell.
While most people recover within 10 days, the flu can cause a range of problems, from a few sick days to serious illness. Those at most risk are the very young, the elderly, and most people with a chronic condition. On average, the flu sends 12,200 Canadians to hospital, and causes 3,500 deaths each year.
Getting the flu shot, and washing your hands often, are the best ways to protect yourself from the flu.
What is the flu shot?
The flu shot is a vaccine that can prevent flu illness, or lessen symptoms, in up to 80% of healthy people.
The flu virus changes every year, so scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) identify which four strains of virus people are most likely to get. A vaccine is then developed against these strains, and is tested by Health Canada. Because the virus changes over time, we need to get a new shot every year.
In Canada, the best time to get your flu shot is between October and December. The Pharmacist at Walmart can give your flu shot this season. Ask in-store for details.
How does the flu shot work?
Who should get the flu shot?
Health Canada recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu shot, every year.
It is especially important for you to get the shot if you:
If you are not sure if you should get the flu shot, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart.
Who shouldn’t get the flu shot?
Before getting a flu shot, speak to the Pharmacist at Walmart, or your doctor, if you have any of the following:
If you are thinking about the nasal vaccine for your children, talk to your doctor or the Pharmacist at Walmart. Because the nasal vaccine contains a weakened live virus, there are different precautions you may need to consider.
What about side effects?
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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