Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

How do flu vaccines work?

Dr. Ordway explains how flu vaccines work. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Vaccines help the body to develop immunity by imitating an infection, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

By acting like the flu virus, the flu vaccine causes the immune system to make antibodies, which leave behind a kind of antibodies that remember how to fight the virus, according to the HHS.

The body might have some symptoms to the fake infection in the vaccine – such as a fever – which is a normal part of the body building up its immunity, according to the HHS.

For more information about how the flu vaccine works, talk with your physician.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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