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What does the flu shot protect?

Not much. The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. Read more...

How can I protect myself from the flu without getting a flu shot?

Dont come in contact. Only way you can protect yourself from flu without flu vaccine is have no contact with anybody who has flu.That means you don't go to work, dont ride on public transportation, dont fly and basically quarantine yourself from all known or not known people who may or may not have flu.If you are not immune sooner or later it will catch up with you if you get exposed be ready to nurse your influenza. Read more...

How can a flu shot protect you from getting the flu?

Antibodies. The vaccine allow the production of antibodies ( the good guys) in you that help to fight off the flu virus. Read more...

Is the flu contagious before symptoms appear? & will flu shot have some protection against other strains even though it's not a good match this year?

Yes. You are contagious before you have symptmoms of the flu and this is the case with many viral infections. This is why they spread so easily. Once you get symptoms of the flu most people feel so badly they know and others know to stay away. Once you have been exposed the flu shot will not prevent as you need close to two weeks to prime your system. It is only about 25% effective this year. Read more...

I had the flu shot the end of sept will the shot provide protection the entire flu season. Will it cover the current strain of flu?

Yes and somewhat. The influenza vaccine will provide protection against 3 strains in their current form for years. The vaccine this year covers most of the strains seen in the us, so you should have an immune response. Read more...