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The Importance of Flu Vaccines

The Importance of Flu Vaccines

Understanding the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

As we enter the coldest part of the year, we also head straight into the height of flu season. When it comes to protecting yourself and others from the seasonal influenza virus—getting vaccinated is your best bet.


The experts and Parrish Healthcare explain how getting this routine vaccine can help to halt the spread of the flu in its tracks.

What is the flu?

Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection that is brought on by the influenza virus. Depending on the health of the affected person, getting sick with the flu can range from mild to life-threatening, especially in older people and young children.


When you get sick with the flu, your symptoms typically come on suddenly. Although they may vary in their severity, most people who get the flu display some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Getting the chills
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches.
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea in children

How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?

Flu vaccines are used to encourage your body to produce antibodies that protect you from getting infected with the virus that was used to create the vaccine. Typically, it takes the body about 2 weeks to develop these antibodies and for your vaccination to become effective.

Who You Protect When You Get Vaccinated

According to the CDC, everyone over the age of six months should get regularly vaccinated for the flu. Getting vaccinated for the seasonal flu extends beyond looking after your own health—you’re also helping to protect high-risk individuals who aren't able to get vaccinated themselves. Some of these individuals include:

  • Babies under six months old.
  • People who are allergic to the vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine.
  • People who are currently sick.

Primary Care in Titusville

When it comes to supporting your health, it is important to find a family care doctor you can trust. The family doctors at Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine treat patients throughout all stages of your life, providing you with the insight, resources, and preventative care you need to live happily and healthily.

Whether you’re in need of a regular check-up, have a health concern or need your yearly flu vaccine, contact Parrish Medical Group Family Medicine at 321-268-6111 to schedule your next visit.