How much do you know about the flu?  Check out frequently asked questions about the flu season.

Do you think the flu is just a bad cold?

The flu is a serious illness. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are placed in hospitals for the flu each year and tens of thousands die each year from the virus. More Americans die from influenza each year than the combined total of all other vaccine preventable illnesses.

Can you get the flu from a flu vaccine?

No, a flu vaccine does not actually contain a live virus. It contains a heavily weakened form and it is impossible to contract the flu from it.

Do children need flu vaccines?

Children have between double and triple the probability to contract influenza due to their less-developed immune systems. Hospitals see tens of thousands of children younger than 5 years of age due to the flu each year. On average, the flu kills nearly 100 of them.

Are the side effects from the influenza vaccine are worse than the virus itself?

The majority of people who receive a vaccination have no side effects at all. Up to 25% can develop slight redness and swelling at the injection point. The probability of having an extreme allergic reaction is less than one in four million

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. If you experience any of these symptoms consult a doctor immediately.

How long is the flu contagious?

One can transfer to the flu to someone else before knowing they are sick and during sickness. This generally begins one day before symptoms occur and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. Those with weakened immune systems may have a longer period of being contagious.


 

Think you have the flu?  Get your symptoms checked out at AFC Urgent Care Dedham – no appointment necessary!

For more information about our flu shots and flu treatment, be sure to call us at 781-461-0200.