Wiscasset Family Medicine will be offering flu clinics (easy way to get a quick vaccine!) starting in Late September and we recommend waiting until late September to get your flu shot. If you are traveling for the winter, we can do it before you leave, but peak flu season is December through February.
Why should I get the flu vaccine – I’m healthy!
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the vulnerable members of our community from influenza.
Will the vaccine cause the flu?
No, a flu shot cannot cause the virus. Flu vaccines given with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine). The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.
Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about the flu vaccine! We want our community to have a safe and healthy winter.