Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions:
- Yes, you can get your flu shot when you have a cold. But if you're sick enough to see your doctor, you might want to wait.
- The flu shot will not give you the flu- but the flu mist has a slight risk of doing so since it is a weakened form of the live virus. Definitely if you're sick, you should wait on the mist.
- Side effects you don't need to worry about: slight fever, soreness or irritation at the injection site.
- BUT, go see your doctor if you feel dizzy or out of sorts, or if your arm pain does not go away. Those could be signs of sever allergic reaction.
- Bertsch recommends pregnant women and young children receive the flu shot from their doctor.
- The Department of Health and Human Services said it's important that those who are vulnerable to illness- the elderly, children under 5 years, those with chronic illnesses and pregnant women- get the vaccine
- If you are allergic to eggs, you will need to get the mist.
- Last year 60% of flu was covered. Bertsch said there will always be a chance to get the flu.
- It takes a few weeks for shot to kick in- Bertsch said the sooner the better with the shot. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human services said the same.
- If you have any questions- ask your doctor or a pharmacist. They can give you the best guidance when it comes to your vaccination decisions.
Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services says flu season arrived early this year, but there's a low level of flu in the state.
It's not too late to protect with yourself before the virus gets worse.
The Department of Health and Human Services says the best thing to do is get the flu shot. Most flu shots help protect you again three strains of the virus, And there's even on that fights four. Trevor Bertsch from The Pharmacy in Lincoln says the sooner, you get the shot- the better.
"It's really never too late to get the flu shot. It's preferable that that you get it in October- that's what they recommend. But anytime earlier or later. It's just important that you actually get it," he said.
He said the shot is especially important for people who are more vulnerable to the flu, like the elderly. But he says for young kids and pregnant women your doctor is the best person to give you the shot.