Experts Answer Questions About Flu
Last week, in honor of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Every Child By Two’s Vaccinate Your Family Facebook Page teamed up with experts from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to answer questions about flu and flu vaccines. Today’s NFID post includes some of the many questions that were addressed during the ‘Ask the Experts’ Facebook Forum. We are very appreciative of all those who participated in this special forum, and we encourage our readers to continue to seek information about flu and flu vaccines from reputable sources so that they can make educated immunization decisions for themselves and their families.
Special thanks to Vaccinate Your Family for co-sponsoring the Flu Facebook Forum during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), as well as those who took time to ask flu-related questions, and the NFID experts (William Schaffner, MD; Walter A. Orenstein, MD; Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC; Lisa S. Ipp, MD; and Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH) who provided detailed responses.
To read all of the questions, comments, and responses, view the Vaccinate Your Family Facebook post.
Can you explain how the flu vaccine works in the body to protect you from flu but it cannot actually give you flu?
The influenza antigen stimulates a specific antibody to influenza and files it away in your immune system in the event you are exposed to the same virus(es). The vaccine is a killed virus so it is enough protein to stimulate an immune response for protection but not enough to…
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