The Flu Shot: What’s in It and How Long Will It Protect Me?

flu shot sneezeIt’s important to get the flu shot every year. The influenza strains from which the shot protects you can change year to year, and the effectiveness of the vaccine can wane over the course of a year.

This year’s flu vaccination will help protect you from three viruses: two influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses and an influenza B virus. Researchers believe these are the most common viruses infecting people during flu season.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated.

Watch Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer, bust yet another common flu myth below, and check back each week through October for additional information on myths surrounding the flu vaccine.

Are you a patient of a Memorial Physician Services physician? Our Flu Shot Clinic calendar lists the upcoming available times to schedule an appointment to get your shot this fall.