Flu Shot Specialist

Josette C. Palmer, MD, MPH, FAAFP -  - Family Medicine Physician

Happy Healthy You Family Medicine

Josette C. Palmer, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Family Medicine Physician located in Glassboro, NJ

Protect yourself and your loved ones against the yearly flu, which can dampen holiday spirits and make the entire family sick. Dr. Palmer and her team at Happy Healthy You Family Medicine in Glassboro, New Jersey works with your family to decide if a flu vaccine should be part of your winter health plan this year.

Flu Shot Q & A

What's a flu shot?

The flu shot is a seasonal vaccine injected with a needle, usually in the upper arm. Its purpose is to prevent you from getting and spreading the flu virus.

How does a flu shot work?

The flu shot is a vaccine that protects you against three or four different strains of flu virus. Every year, scientists research which types of flu virus will be prevalent that season, and these are the ones included in the flu shot.

Who should get a flu shot?

Almost everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot each year.

The flu shot is most important for groups at higher risk of falling victim to the flu. These groups include:

  • Children six months to five years old.
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults over 65-years old, especially those living in nursing homes or similar facilities
  • People who travel often

Who shouldn't get the flu shot?

Babies under six months old or people with allergies to the flu shot or its ingredients should not be vaccinated.

What are side effects of the flu shot?

You may have heard a rumor that getting the flu shot gives you the flu, but that’s false. You can't get the flu from receiving a flu vaccine.

However, you may develop symptoms that seem like the flu or a common cold. These include body aches, nausea, or a slight fever. You may also experience mild soreness in the area you received the shot.

More severe symptoms, such as a high fever, hives, difficulty breathing, or racing heartbeat can be a sign of allergic reaction to the flu vaccine. Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these severe symptoms.

When should I get a flu shot?

It's important to get the flu shot as soon as possible so that it can take effect before the flu season. Getting a flu shot by October is ideal, but it can still be effective later in the fall or even as late as January.

If you haven't received a flu shot, yet, call Happy Healthy You Family Medicine today or book your appointment online.