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Flu Vaccine FAQ

Flu Vaccine FAQ

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Flu season is rapidly approaching while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. As such, we’re hearing a lot of questions about this year’s flu vaccine. Who needs it? Why do I need it? How much does it help? Where can I get it? To help with your flu shot questions, we’ve compiled this flu vaccine FAQ.

We also invite you to sign up for your flu vaccine during one of our Wellness Fair Events on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 or Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9am-6pm. Each event will offer flu vaccine appointments, vendor booths sharing information and samples, Streu’s nursing and pharmacy staff available to answer questions and prize drawings.

Do I need to get the flu shot every year?

Yes. Much like the recent variants of the Coronavirus, flu viruses mutate and change over time. Is in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most health care providers, including the dedicated team at Streu’s Pharmacy, recommend everyone age six months or older get the flu shot every year.

Do I need more than one flu shot per year?

Those age 9 and older require only one flu shot each year. Check with your child’s pediatrician regarding flu vaccine requirements in those under age 9.

Do I still need the flu shot if I have gotten my COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The flu vaccine contains a different set of viruses compared to the COVID-19 vaccine. Both vaccines are recommended by the CDC.

Another compelling reason to ensure you are vaccinated against both he consequences of getting the flu while COVID is circulating can be more serious.

Is the flu shot safe? Is it FDA Approved?

Yes. The FDA is responsible for ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective.

Check with your health care professional if you have concerns about the flu vaccine being safe for your specific situation and needs. The two primary reasons people shouldn’t get the vaccine are:

  • An allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
  • The patient has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

Does a flu shot prevent you from getting the flu?

The flu vaccine prevents millions and millions of people from getting sick each year, reducing the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population. However, even in cases where someone contracts the flu, it is shown to reduce the severity of the illness and number of deaths from flu and flu-related illnesses.

Does a flu shot prevent the stomach flu?

Because the so-called “stomach flu” and influeza are unrelated the influenza vaccine does not protect against this type of stomach flu. The “stomach flu”—or gastroenteritis—can be caused by a virus, typically leading to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. 

What is the best flu shot?

The CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine manufacturer over another. Some of the most common flu vaccines are:

  • Fluad
  • Fluarix
  • Flublok
  • Fluelvax
  • Flulaval
  • Flumist
  • Fluzone
  • Sequirus
  • TIVTrivalent

Can I get a nasal spray vaccine instead of a shot?

Yes, The nasal spray vaccine can be given to non-pregnant individuals between the ages of two to 49 years old.

Please note that Streu’s Pharmacy does NOT currently offer the nasal spray flu vaccine. If you wish to request it, please contact your primary care provider.

What is the best flu shot for seniors?

The CDC recommends a Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent shot for people 65 and older.

How much does the flu shot cost? What is my out-of-pocket cost for a flu shot?

Most health insurance plans cover the flu vaccine. If you’re unsure, you can contact your health insurance provider or ask the team at Streu’s Pharmacy and we will do our best to help you determine whether your flu shot is covered.

Can I still get the flu shot if I have an egg allergy?

The chance of an allergic reaction, even in people with a severe egg allergy, is extremely slim: Although most flu shots and the nasal spray flu vaccine are manufactured using egg-based technology that contains a small amount of egg proteins, such as ovalbumin, a recent CDC study found the rate of anaphylaxis after all vaccines is 1.31 per one million vaccine doses given.

However, the CDC recommends those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to egg be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments and physician offices), under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

Should senior citizens over 65 get the flu shot?

Yes! As with COVID-19, people over age 65 are at highest risk for death when they get the flu. They should definitely get the flu vaccine.

Can I get the flu shot during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

The flu vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant women, and it is recommended they receive the shot rather than the nasal spray.

Please note that Streu’s Pharmacy does NOT currently offer the nasal spray flu vaccine. If you wish to request it, please contact your primary care provider.

In addition, the vaccine is safe for breastfeeding mothers and it can even help pass along protection against the flu to infants through breast milk.

What is the most common flu injection site?

Most shots are given in the deltoid muscle of the upper arm.

Can I get the flu after getting a flu shot?

Yes, since there are many different strains of flu viruses, it is possible.

However, if you do still catch the flu after being vaccinated, the duration of the flu may be shorter, less severe, and the chances are hospitalization are reduced.

Did Dr. Anthony Fauci create this year’s flu shot?

No. However, he does advocate for it, as it protects people from illness.

Can I get the flu and pneumonia vaccine together?

Yes, you can get both vaccines in the same visit through separate injections.

Can I get the flu shot while on antibiotics?

Yes. However, as with some other types of medications, antibiotics can decrease the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

Can I use Tylenol® or other pain relievers after a flu shot injection?

We don’t know for certain whether pain relievers reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. It is best to avoid them unless you’re experiencing exceptional discomfort.

Can you get the flu from a flu shot?

No. The shot is created from an inactivated virus. You can read more about this and other flu shot myths in this article from Harvard University: 10 Flu Myths.

Is the flu shot mandatory?

While the CDC recommends that anyone over six months of age without a previously documented health condition should get the vaccine, the flu shot is not mandatory.

Come to our vaccine event

Still have questions? Come to Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural’s Wellness Fair Events on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 & Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9am-6pm. Whether need a question answered, want to sign up for the raffle or need to get your vaccine, we hope to see you there. You can also read more about how to prevent the flu in our recent blog.

Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural has been a local, independent and trusted pharmacy in Green Bay for over 65 years. We are here to share important information regarding the flu vaccine and help answer your questionswith this flu vaccine FAQ.