Why Do I Need A Flu Shot?

Influenza, aka flu season starts in October and can last until May. It is estimated that 36,000 people die each year from the flu. The best thing that you can do to protect yourself from the flu is to get the vaccine. It is best to get your vaccine before flu season begins. However, the vaccine will still be effective even if you get it as late as January.

Side Effects Of Flu Shot

The vast majority of people who get the flu vaccine will not have any side effects. However, some patients will experience bothersome side effects. You may experience some swelling, redness and soreness in the area where you received the shot. You may also experience a mild fever after you get the shot. The side effects may occur within a few hours or days of getting the flu vaccine.

Serious side effects from the flu vaccine are rare. However, serious side effects may include dizziness, fainting, breathing problems, weakness and dizziness. Make sure that you consult with your physician if you experience any serious side effects.

Who Should Not Get The Flu Vaccine

Even though most people will benefit from the flu vaccine, there are a small percentage of people should not get it. If you have ever had a reaction to a flu vaccine, then you should not get it. You should not get a flu vaccine if you are very sick. It is okay to get the flu vaccine while you have a mild illness, such as the common cold.

If you have any questions about whether the flu vaccine is right for you, then you will need to consult with your physician.

Flu Shot Costs

The cost of the flu shot can vary greatly. Keep in mind that your health insurance provider may cover the cost of your flu vaccine. Talk to your health care provider about the cost of your flu vaccine and whether or not it will be covered by insurance. For questions on flu shot costs and pricing without insurance, contact our office today to speak to our helpful staff.

Flu Shots For Children

Flu vaccines are recommended for children who are over the age of six months. Influenza can be very dangerous for young children because they have weaker immune systems. It is estimated that the flu vaccine can reduce a child's chances of developing the flu by up to 74 percent.

Contact Sisselman Medical Group today to schedule your flu shot at one of our two locations in Commack or Massapequa.