The flu vaccine prevents millions of flu illnesses and doctors’ visits every year and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations. MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine in Colleyville, Texas, offers annual flu shots to help you prepare for cold and flu season. If you’re interested in getting your flu shot, contact the office online or over the phone for an appointment.
The flu shot introduces your body to remnants of the flu vaccine, and your body responds by producing antibodies against the flu. If you come into contact with those germs again later, your body uses those same antibodies to fight off the flu.
The flu shot changes every year based on which strains of the virus are expected to be most common during flu season. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated every year to protect against the flu.
The providers at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine offer flu shots every cold and flu season to help you protect your family.
Most adults and children over 6 months old should get a flu shot every year to prevent contracting and spreading the illness. The vaccination is especially important for the following at-risk populations:
The only instances when the flu shot is not recommended is for infants under 6 months and anyone with allergies to the flu shot or the ingredients in it. Children and adults with egg allergies may still be able to get a flu shot with proper medical supervision.
For some, the flu can cause potentially life-threatening complications, including hospitalization and death. The flu shot not only helps prevent the spread of the virus and extra doctors’ appointments, but it also reduces the number of hospitalizations and flu-related deaths.
Adults and children should also get immunized every cold and flu season because their body’s defenses against the flu decline over time, and the virus changes every year. The flu shot protects against the three or four strains expected to proliferate each season.
Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccination cannot cause the flu. It can, however, cause minor side effects such as:
Seek medical help immediately if you notice signs of a rare, life-threatening allergic reaction.
Contact MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine to find out when flu shots are available and to schedule your vaccination.