Here are some frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine:
Why do I need a flu shot every season?
A flu vaccine is needed every season because flu viruses are constantly changing. It's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each season. The flu vaccine is formulated each season to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
Can the flu shot cause the flu?
No. The vaccine does not contain live virus so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.
When should I get the flu shot?
As soon as possible. Flu season typically occurs from October to April. It is best to get the flu shot at the beginning of the season - however, the flu shot will continue to be available until the end of the season.
Do I have to pay for the flu shot?
If you qualify within a provincial health care plan, there is no charge to receive a flu shot.
After I get a flu shot, how long does it typically take to become fully protected?
The vaccine takes approximately two weeks to protect against prevalent flu strains.
Are there any side affects after getting the flu shot?
It is recommended that you remain in the building for at least 15 minutes after you get your flu shot. The Pharmacist needs to watch how you react. It is most likely you will be fine, but a very small number of people can have a reaction that the Pharmacist needs to treat immediately. Some side effects are feeling faint, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest. In extremely rare instances, an allergic reaction may occur. The Pharmacist is prepared to handle this.
If any side effects occur, go to the nearest emergency clinic. Report any reactions to your doctor.
How can I keep track of my flu immunizations so I can keep my medical records in one place?
After you receive your flu shot, you receive a written record of your immunization from your Rexall Pharmacist. We can also send your doctor a copy of your immunization record. If you have a MyRexall Account and have registered to view your medication record, the flu immunization will be viewable from your medication record.
Who should I talk to if I have any questions about the flu vaccine?
If you have questions about the vaccine that is specific to your medical condition, you should ask your doctor or speak to your Rexall Pharmacist.