Positive Impacts Of Flu Shots

During flu season it is important that you get your flu shot so you don't get sick.


Seriously, get your flu shot.( Photo Courtesy of Convesum)

Adalie Landa, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered why you’ve gotten sick right after receiving the flu shot? Or ever heard about how your friends are sick because they received the flu shot? Well, this is actually  incorrect. One of the reasons you get sick is because you were already bound to get sick before the flu shot. The flu shot doesn’t work right away, but instead takes two weeks. It is suggested that you get this shot a few weeks before the flu season starts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the flu shot only protects you from “influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.” They also say “a flu vaccine is needed every season.” This is to ensure that your body’s reaction to the flu shot decreases over time and to also make sure that you are getting the most updated and latest flu shot formulas. Recent studies show that flu vaccination increases your protection from the flu to 40- 60 percent. Your body has one to two antibodies that deflect against a certain virus. This leads you to be less vulnerable to get sick. But when you get a flu shot, your body creates even more antibodies to deflect against the viruses. This ensures that your body is as healthy as it can be from the flu. You can also take a nasal spray instead of the flu shot. Cleveland Clinic says that nasal sprays “work by shrinking the blood vessels and tissues in the sinuses, which a cold, allergies or the flu can cause to become swollen and inflamed.” Although this is an option instead of getting the flu shot, if you use nasal spray products daily, your nose becomes less responsive to the overall effects of the medication. Overall, it is very important to get a flu shot yearly so that you do not catch the flu when the time comes.