Getting your annual flu shot is a start, but how does it work?
After receiving the flu vaccination, antibodies develop in your body about two weeks after receiving it. These antibodies provide protection against the influenza virus that are included in the vaccine. A seasonal vaccine protects against influenza viruses.
Vaccinations protect against the influenza viruses that have been indicated through research as the most harmful influenza strains for the upcoming flu season. Traditional vaccines called trivalent vaccinations, generally protect against three different strains or variations of the influenza A viruses (H1N1, H3N2), and an influenza B virus. Additionally vaccines are commonly made to protect against four additional viruses, called quadrivalent vaccines that protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
Ask your doctor for more information about the flu vaccination and protect yourself from getting sick.Tags: family medicine, family practice, flu, flu shot, get your flu shot, influenza, influenza shot