Yes, here’s how.
The CDC says it takes about two weeks for the shot to help protect you against viruses that were included in the vaccine.¹ The best time to get a flu shot is in the fall, since the flu season can start as early as October.¹ So, band together. Get your flu shot. It’s a great way to give yourself, family, co-workers, and friends the gift of a flu-free holiday season! Plus, finding an in-network doctor is easy!
There are many options when it comes to the flu shot:
Ask your doctor which flu vaccine is right for you, especially if you have allergies, are more likely to get the flu, or are pregnant. You can find an in-network physician fast.
Each year, the flu shot is different and helps protect us from several different viruses that are expected to be most common that season. The viruses this year may be different from the previous year. That’s why it’s important to get a new flu shot every year.
Sometimes, different types of a flu virus start spreading and you may get a different version of the flu that wasn’t contained in your flu shot. Your previous year’s flu shot still may help, though.
After the flu shot, you may or may not experience the following mild symptoms:²
No, the flu shot does not cause the flu, but sometimes people may have already been exposed to it before they got the shot. Or they may become infected before the shot is fully effective. That’s why it’s so important to get the shot early.
Visit your doctor or an urgent care clinic right away. Your healthcare provider may be able to provide an antiviral drug to help make your symptoms not as bad or last as long.3
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