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The Flu Ends With You

Influenza is a virus infection that can cause serious complications, including pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, especially people with chronic diseases, pregnant women, and older adults. It is the most effective way to prevent the flu and its complications.

When should I get vaccinated?
Flu vaccine is available now. It takes up to two weeks to build immunity. Getting vaccinated now will offer you protection throughout the entire flu season. University of Iowa Health Care offers primary care clinics located in Iowa City and throughout the southeastern Iowa. Visit one of our primary care clinics or download our phone list to find a location near you to get you.

What are my options for the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine can be given as a nasal spray or injection.

I got a shot last year. Why do I need another one?
Viruses evolve so quickly, last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses.

Will the flu shot give me the flu?
No. The flu shot is made from inactivated virus and does not give you the flu. Some people may feel tenderness or soreness at the injection site.

Who should not get the flu vaccine?
Don’t get the flu shot if you:

  • Had a bad reaction to the vaccine in the past
  • Are allergic to chicken eggs
  • Have a fever that day

What else can I do to keep me and my family healthy this flu season?
Be sure to wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home if you’re sick.

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