COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family every year, you can help prevent flue-related illness.
Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University answers these questions about the flu:
*Why should someone get the flu vaccine?
The flu is common, but the complications can be severe. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized each year due to the flu and it can make pre-existing health conditions, like diabetes, worse. Although rare, the flu can also be fatal.
*What are the recommendations regarding the flu vaccine?
*How does the flu vaccine work?
When you get the vaccine, your body needs two weeks to develop the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.
*Is it true that some people can still develop the flu even after receiving the vaccination?
Yes. While your body is developing those antibodies you are still vulnerable to the flu during that two week window.
*Why is the flu vaccine needed every year?
The flu virus mutates and changes rapidly each year.
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