How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, describes a sickness which stems from a few different viruses.  According to, the most common symptoms of the flu may include “fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.”  The flu is also sometimes accompanied by vomiting.  The seasonal flu is the most common type of flu and is usually spread between late fall and early spring.  It is extremely contagious, but can be avoided through hand-washing and sanitizing.  People have some natural immunity to it, but a flu shot can increase your chances of staying flu-free.

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Flu shot FAQs

Do I need a shot every year?

Yes.  Each year, Influenza viruses will change.  On an annual basis, a new vaccine will be administered.  Over time, your antibodies will develop to the vaccine over time.

When is the best time to get a flu shot?

Vaccinations will usually begin in May and run until the flu season ends, which is around late May.

Will I get the flu?

Rumors swirl that you can get the flu but this isn’t true.  The vaccine is created by inactive viruses that can’t cause an illness.  You can still get the flu outside of the shot.

Is it effective?

Studies have shown that this vaccine has been 75 percent effective.

Who should get it?

It’s recommended that anyone over the age of six months should consider the shot.  Those who are at high-risk should consider the shot, too.  High-risk patients include children younger than five, seniors over 65, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.

What are the side effects?

Some side effects may include soreness or a low fever.


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