PLAINFIELD, NJ - The flu season may not be in full swing yet, but don’t be caught off guard. Pharmacy experts at Rapps Pharmacy have important information to help you to prepare for the season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated annually.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination, providing protection against the viruses determined to be most prevalent during the flu season. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.  A person’s protection from the flu vaccine diminishes over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the best protection against the flu.

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There are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine and how effective it is in preventing the flu. A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. It is possible to get sick with flu even if you have been vaccinated. This is possible for the following reasons:

  • You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. (Antibodies develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.)
  • You may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. (The flu vaccine is made to protect against the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common during that particular flu season.)

Some people report having mild reactions to the flu vaccine which usually last less than two days.  People may experience soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling in the area where the shot was given; a low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches. Serious allergic reactions to flu vaccines are very rare and occur a few minutes to an hour after vaccination. Although these reactions can be life threatening, effective treatments are available.

Although these possibilities exist, it is important to remember that the flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. For example, during 2016-2017, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talk to the pharmacists at Rapps about getting the flu vaccine. In addition to a wide array of medications to combat the flu, Rapps Pharmacy offers walk-in flu shots at a low cost, and free home prescription delivery to customers.

Visit Rapps on the web at: or in person, and mention TAPinto Plainfield.

Conveniently located at:

611 Park Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-0008
(908) 668-8630 (fax)

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