Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. It affects the nose, throat and lungs. Different strains spread quickly and easily every year. There are many misconceptions surrounding the flu vaccine. Based on feedback from PANS members, we have put together a list of common myths and misconceptions regarding the flu shot.
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The flu (influenza) can affect many people in different ways. Some may become very ill, some may only be mild cases. Flu symptoms typically appear within 1-4 days after being exposed to the virus, beginning with:
- muscle aches and pains
Other symptoms may include:
- loss of appetite
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
Some people (especially children) may experience:
- nausea and vomiting
The flu can be highly contagious at least one day before the first symptoms and up to five days after the first symptoms.
*Your pharmacist will review a screening form with you prior to your flu shot. Very rarely there may be a valid reason that the flu shot is not right for you. Please ensure you discuss in detail with your health care provider.*