Most of us are aware of the importance of influenza vaccines. But have you ever wondered how influenza vaccines work? Do they help you avoid catching the virus at all? Or do they help your body fight it off much faster and easier without even letting you know you had it?
If you’ve been asking these questions and haven’t found a clear answer yet, you’re at the right place. Here is everything that you need to know about influenza vaccines and how they work.
What Is In Your Flu Shot:
Like all vaccines, the influenza vaccine consists of an inactivated form of the virus. When injected into our bodies, the virus stimulates an immune response that creates antibodies to fight the virus off and protect our health.
The flu virus mutates and changes every year. Because there are many different strains of the same virus, so the vaccine is reformulated every year and then standardized by the U.S. Public Health Service. They make sure the vaccine consists of at least four of the most dominant influenza strains.
Therefore, your annual flu shot is several different types of flu vaccines created to give you maximum protection and keep you from getting sick.
How The Vaccine Works
The flu vaccine works by triggering an immune response from the body that results in antibody production, which helps the body fight the virus off. These antibodies take up to two weeks to produce. Even though the vaccine itself doesn’t cause the flu, the production of antibodies may cause flu-like symptoms for a few days.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Technically, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year to help stay safe from different kinds of viruses. These also include pregnant women and people above 65 years of age.
Some kids between the ages of 6 to 8 months will require more than a single dose 28 to 30 days apart to ensure proper protection. It is best to consult with your primary care provider to make sure you make the decision wisely.
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