News | Published October 28, 2010

Flu Fact: Answers to Common Flu Questions

Why should I receive a flu shot?
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot each season. Tell me more about the vaccine.
The flu vaccine is highly effective, and adverse side effects are rare. Protection usually develops within two weeks of vaccination. There are two types of flu vaccines:

  • The flu shot: an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle. The seasonal flu shot is approved for use in people six months of age and older, including healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.
  • The nasal-spray flu vaccine: a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu. This vaccine is approved for use in healthy people, ages 2-49 who are not pregnant.

Does it contain H1N1 vaccination?
The seasonal flu protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).Visit Mount Nittany’s new fan page on Facebook to post your photo on the Medical Center’s Strive for 95 Campaign. The campaign displays those who are showing off their band-aided arm proving they are committed to health this flu season.