Flu vaccines are becoming more important each flu season. You can get your shot from corporate flu vaccinations on The Gold Coast at any time to ensure you are protected. They have the latest matched vaccines for this season.
But just what is vaccine matched or a good match?
A good vaccine match happens when the type of flu that is circulating in the community is closely related to the antibodies that are produced by the vaccination giving you the best possible protection against the influenza infection.
So what happens if the vaccine viruses and the viruses in the flu strain that is circulating in the local community are different?
Sometimes there is more than one strain of virus’s in circulation; they can combine into a new strain so your resistance may be reduced so you could still catch a mild form of the flu.
How is it possible that sometimes the vaccine is not a good match for the viruses that are circulating?
The experts that make the vaccines are trained to anticipate which types of viruses they will include in each vaccine to give you the best cover. This is done in advance so there’s enough vaccine ready on time. Because of this antigenic drift (the mutation of the virus), there is always a slight chance that the strain of the virus you encounter will not be an optimal match for the vaccine you have had.
Is this coming season’s vaccine going to be a good match for the viruses that are circulating?
It is not possible to be 100% certain that the flu vaccine will be a good match for all the different flu viruses, but you will still have a reasonable cover.
What to Expect and the Possible Side Effects of Vaccinations
Can I get the Flu from Having a Flu Vaccination?
No, you cannot get the flu from a flu vaccination. There are three types of flu vaccines now available from corporate flu vaccinations on The Gold Coast. Two of these are administered using an injection and one with a nasal spray. One is made with a dead (inactivate) virus and the others are made using proteins from vaccine virus that is weakened or attenuated as well as being cold adapted so it can only survive in the nose and not spread about the warmer parts of the body.
What Side Effect Could I Experience From Having a Flu Shot?
Although you cannot get the flu you may experience some mild flu like symptoms that will not last long and are nowhere near a sever as the flu would be.
- A small amount of tenderness or swelling where you received the shot
- A low grade fever
- A Mild aches
- Sore muscles
- A Runny nose
- A Mild headache
- A Cough
Having your seasonal flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and family from the unpleasant infection. Some people can experience some mild reactions to the vaccinations, but these symptoms do not, as a rule, last long and are nowhere near as severe as getting the flu could be.