Influenza is an illness caused by a virus and is characterized by the abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and dry cough. Many other respiratory illnesses follow this same pattern, however, and the influenza vaccine will not prevent these other, similar illnesses. Unlike other respiratory illnesses, influenza can cause severe malaise lasting several days. Illnesses consisting primarily of nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea are not influenza.
It is strongly recommended that the following groups of people be immunized:
In addition, persons providing essential community services and students in institutional settings (e.g. dormitories) are encouraged to receive flu vaccine to minimize the disruption of routine activities during epidemics.
You may have fever, malaise, and muscle aches starting 6-12 hours after the injection and lasting 1-2 days. You may also have pain at the injection site lasting 1-2 days.
No, the vaccine contains killed virus only and cannot cause influenza.
Previous experience has shown that the flu vaccines are usually 70-90 percent effective.
You should not take the vaccine if you have an acute infection. Wait a few days until you have recovered.
Go to FluShot, the online website for Health Service flu clinics at Dick's House.
Last Updated: 9/10/14