Flu Shot Specialist

Vincent D. Ho, Inc.

Family Medicine located in Rosemead, CA

Each year millions of people contract the flu virus. Symptoms can be mild or severe enough to threaten your life. Dr. Vincent D. Ho of Rosemead, California, highly recommends his patients receive the flu vaccine each year, especially the elderly and very young. If you would like to receive a flu shot, walk in, call, or book your appointment online today.

Flu Shot Q & A

Vincent D. Ho, Inc.

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is a vaccination against a common illness that affects millions each year. The flu virus can cause mild symptoms, or it can cause severe symptoms. For most vulnerable populations, the flu may be deadly.

You need to get this vaccine yearly, as each year’s flu shot is specially formulated for the most current strain of the flu. A flu vaccination is most commonly given as a shot, just below the surface of the skin. Some years, it also may be available as a nasal spray.

 

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccination. While most people do have potential to be exposed, some are more likely to contract the virus.

Dr. Ho suggests those who are especially susceptible to getting the flu should have a flu shot every year. These populations tend to be immune-compromised and have the greatest risk for serious complications with the flu, including death.

Vulnerable populations include:

  • Those older than 65
  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5
  • The chronically ill, especially those with diabetes, COPD, and cancer

People who should not get the flu vaccine include:

  • Infants less than 6 months old
  • Anyone allergic to eggs
  • Those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome

If you are unsure if you or your family should get the flu shot, Dr. Ho is happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Are there any side effects of a flu shot?

A small number of people do have mild symptoms after getting the flu shot, usually within a day or two. These symptoms are not usually significant and are by far less severe than the actual flu virus.

Side effects of the flu shot that some may experience are:

  • Redness or soreness at shot site
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Mild fever

Dr. Ho’s office usually administers the flu vaccine from August through October. The vaccine is a valuable tool in helping protect you and your family from the virus this flu season.

If you or your family would like to receive the flu shot, walk in, call, or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary