The flu (influenza) is caused by a virus that is easily spread and it can be more dangerous than you think. A flu vaccine is your best chance to avoid the flu. The vaccine is given at Kerr Drug in the form of a shot (injection). It's best to get vaccinated before flu season starts, it takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop.
You must be 14 years or older to get your flu shot at Kerr Drug. We accept most major insurance plans.
- The flu vaccine will not give you the flu.
- The flu is caused by a virus. It can't be treated with antibiotics.
- The flu can be life-threatening, especially for people in high-risk groups. About 36,000 people die of complications from the flu each year.
- Influenza is not the same as "stomach flu," the 24-hour bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. This is most likely due to a GI (gastrointestinal) infection—not the flu.
Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly. Fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle aches are symptoms of the flu. Children may have upset stomach or vomiting, but adults usually don't. Some symptoms, such as fatigue and cough, can last a few weeks.
How a Flu Vaccine Protects You
There are many strains (types) of flu viruses. Medical experts predict which strains are most likely to cause the disease each year and the flu vaccines are made from these strains. With the shot, inactivated ("killed") flu viruses are injected into your body. The viruses in the vaccine cannot make you sick, but it does prompt the body to make antibodies to fight these flu strains. If you're exposed to the same strains later in the flu season, the antibodies will fight off the virus.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all people 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine each year. It's especially important for people who are in one of the following groups:
- People 65 or older
- People with chronic health problems (such as diabetes, chronic lung or kidney disease, asthma, or heart failure)
- People receiving certain medical treatments
- People who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- Pregnant women
- Caregivers and household contacts of babies younger than 6 months
- Healthcare workers
Who Can't Get a Flu Shot at Kerr Drug?
- Anyone younger than 14 years
- People severely allergic to eggs, however, new egg-free vaccines are available (ask your doctor for more information)
- People who have had bad reactions to flu vaccination (including Guillain-Barré syndrome)
- A person who has a high fever (the vaccine can be given after the fever goes away).