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Effectiveness and Risks of the Flu Vaccination

Flu season is an inevitable nemesis that rears its ugly head every year. Its peak season is often unpredictable, but prominent, nonetheless. Along with that, it can peak in different regions at different times. Influenza peaked in December-March during the 2015-2016 flu season. It was also more mild than the past three flu seasons. (CDC) Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict flu activity and how strong it will be, so it is unclear how this year's virus will be. 

With flu season just around the corner, lines for the flu shot are growing longer. The flu vaccine is recommended by the CDC - especially the injectable flu vaccines. These flu shots can protect against three flu viruses, or four viruses, depending on the vaccine. It is recommended that "everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible." (CDC) It is best to contact your family physician or health provider to know what does of the flu vaccine is right for you.

The flu vaccine has many benefits, and has been able to reduce the risk of illness by approximately 50-60% in recent years. (CDC)

Though the risk of illness has been reduced, the flu vaccine does pose a few risks. While many people get the flu vaccine and experience no side effects, some health problems and serious side effects have occurred, leading to severe allergic reactions. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program helps to provide financial support and compensation to those who have been injured by a flu vaccine. If you've been injured of harmed by the flu vaccine, the VICP can help. To learn more, visit the website. If you've been involved in another form of medical injury, be sure to contact our Fort Wayne and South Bend Personal Injury law firms for an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.