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A Few Things You should Know About the Flu Vaccine

By Stephen R. Farris

Flu season is upon us and doctors can't stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated each year, especially when there are so many different strains of the flu, and new ones pop up almost on a yearly basis.

Many folks are hesitant to get the flu vaccine, mostly because they fear getting the flu shortly after getting vaccinated. However, you might have tenderness, redness, or small swelling at the spot the vaccine was injected. As far as getting the flu from being vaccinated, your chances would be very rare.

Flu season is generally from October to March.

When Should You Get a Flu Shot?

Most folks usually get vaccinated for the flu around October to November, but you can actually get the vaccination sooner, for instance, in late summer. Even further, if you get the flu before being vaccinated, you should consider getting the vaccine after you've recovered as there are other strains out there that could cause you to come down with it again.

Where Do I Go to Get the Shot?

Your primary physician can set up an appointment for you to get vaccinated for the flu. Most medical facilities offer flu shots, including a few big box stores and pharmacies. The best thing to do is check with your primary physician first. If they are unable to administer the flu vaccine, they can probably point you in the right direction.

What About My Kids?

Yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Children ages 6 months and older should get vaccinated for the flu, as they can be at risk from flu complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, swelling of the brain, in which all could be fatal.

The flu vaccine is also recommended for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, simply because they are at greater risk of developing serious illness caused by the flu.

When you have questions about your general health, consult with you local chiropractor. Ask them questions about any conditions or concerns you may have, as they can offer tips and suggestions that can help.

And remember, if you experience aches and pains (other than flu) in your back, neck, and joints, they can offer relief to help get you back to an active and healthy lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local Chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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