Flu Shot Question
Original post made by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014
I've had my flu shot this year and last year, but I did not get the H1N1 separate shot a few years ago, because my spouse had the H1N1 - after having the regular flu shot that year which didn't cover H1N1 and got sick REALLY fast (it's a terrible flu, GET the SHOT!) -- but I never got it despite close proximity so I figured I was immune to that strain. Like I said, we all got the shot this year -- but do we need to go out and get another one specifically for H1N1 like a few years ago? The news is confusing.
on Jan 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Another question -- does shot immunity last more than a year? If I get my shot every year, will I start being immune to all kinds of viral illnesses?
on Jan 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Yes, this year's flu shot does cover the current H1N1 strain. However, flu shots from past years are less effective against all the current versions of the flu.
on Jan 14, 2014 at 9:30 am
Thanks. I understand that strains change, but is there eventually a cumulative beneficial effect or does each year shot wear off?