Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

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

How long is someone safeguarded from the flu after getting a flu vaccination?

It is important to be vaccinated against the flu every year. Getting vaccinated in the early fall season is best because it allows for time to build up your immunity before flu season is in full swing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

A flu vaccine protects against the flu for one full flu season, according to the HHS. The vaccine is not designed to last for multiple years, and it changes each year to defend against the three flu virus strains most likely to cause issues that year.

Talk with your doctor for more information about how long the flu vaccine will safeguard against the virus.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek 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; 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

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Belmont Physicians

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Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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