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Flu season is here. Every year, at least one in every twenty people catch the flu. Influenza or flu symptoms include headache, body aches, high fever, chills, fatigue, and exhaustion. Most people recover on their own, but some—including young children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions—are at higher risk from the flu.

The flu is highly contagious. However, there are ways to protect yourself from seasonal flu. The primary way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination.

Can getting the flu vaccine cause the flu?
There are two kinds of flu vaccines: a shot and a nasal spray. There are up to four different strains of dead influenza viruses in the shot. The nasal spray contains live viruses that have been weakened. Neither form of vaccine causes the flu, though the nasal spray may cause congestion and runny nose.

Why do people get the flu vaccine every year?
The flu vaccine changes every season. Every year, experts study the available data and determine which three or four strains of influenza will most likely be active during the upcoming flu season. They then tell the manufacturers which strains of influenza viruses to use when making the vaccine. Because of this, the vaccine being used is different from what was used the year before.

Where can I get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is administered at several locations, including:

– Health care settings, such as the practice of John Abroon, M.D.
– Pharmacies
– Supermarkets
– Community groups

If you would like to learn more about vaccines for the flu in New York City or to schedule an appointment with our doctor, we encourage you to contact our office today.