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.
CDC - and Dick's House! - recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it's not too late to get vaccinated.
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.
You should not take the vaccine if you have an acute infection. Wait a few days until you have recovered.
Watch the home page of our Dick's House website for flu clinic updates. You will be able to book on-line for your flu shot by early October. Later in the season you can book via web or with a phone call to 603-646-9401.
Last Updated: 2/1/17