Flu Shots: Fact VS. Fiction

For anyone who may be wary about getting a flu shot, Dr. Ghahary helps dispel some common myths.

While flu season typically doesn’t begin until November in British Columbia, family physicians like Dr. Ali Ghahary are already seeing a spike in cold and flu viruses amongst their patients. While most patients diagnosed with the flu will make a full recovery on their own, the flu can also hit certain people harder depending on age (younger children and seniors, in particular) and other underlying or pre-existing health conditions. Because of this, Dr. Ghahary will often recommend getting a flu shot. The flu vaccine works by creating antibodies that protect and subdue against different strains of influenza. That being said, it usually takes at least 2 weeks for these antibodies to form, therefore if you are exposed to the flu before the 2 weeks are up, it’s still possible that you could develop the flu. While the flu vaccine is generally safe, it’s something you should avoid if you have an allergy to eggs or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the vaccination itself, such as gelatin.

Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca

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