Vaccines And Flu Shot


What Is The Flu?

The flu (a.k.a. influenza) is a highly contagious virus that infects millions every year. Unlike the common cold, the flu can last up to two weeks, with some symptoms lasting even longer and can be potentially life-threatening to high-risk groups such as children and seniors.

FLU Shot Facts

  • The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the virus
  • The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu because it does not contain a live virus
  • Even if you are healthy it is important to receive the vaccine so you don’t pose a risk to immunocompromised groups e.g. children and seniors
  • You should receive the shot every year as different strains are identified each season
  • The flu shot does not protect 100% of people who receive it; however it prevents illness in 70%-90% of healthy adults every year
  • If you get the flu after being vaccinated, symptoms usually appear much less severe

Seek Immediate Medical Care if You Have Any of the Following Symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Recurring dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever or worse cough

Prevention & Care

Influenze (the flu) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, or respiratory secretions. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting immunized. At royal West Medical Clinic, we provide our patients with proper vaccination and flu shots to protect them against the viruses.

If you have a chronic health condition and are experiencing influenza-like illness, or if symptoms worsen, please call 905-452-0200