Info on immunizations
Here are a few general facts about influenza and vaccinations. As always, you should check with your doctor, or a medical professional if you have specific questions or would like more details.
Why get vaccinated?
Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease. It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza. But only an illness caused by the influenza virus is really influenza.
Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, it lasts only a few days. It can cause fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches.
Select Hannaford Pharmacy locations offer vaccinations right in the store, check with your pharmacy for details.
There are two types of seasonal influenza vaccine:
Influenza viruses are always changing. Because of this, these "seasonal" influenza vaccines are formulated to prevent annual flu. Influenza vaccines are updated every year, and an annual vaccination is recommended. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot. Protection lasts up to a year.
Who should get influenza vaccine?
Select Hannaford pharmacies can offer the influenza vaccine to the following:
When should I get influenza vaccine?
You can get the vaccine as soon as it is available, usually in the fall, and for as long as illness is occurring in your community. Check with your local Hannaford Pharmacy to see when they will be offering vaccinations in the store. Influenza can occur any time from November through May, but it most often peaks in January or February. Getting vaccinated in December, or even later, will still be beneficial in most years.
Some people should talk with a doctor before getting influenza vaccine
What are the risks from inactivated influenza vaccine?
The viruses in inactivated influenza vaccine have been killed, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine.
The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. If a serious reaction occurs, call a doctor, or get the person medical attention right away.
How can I learn more?