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HEALTH CORNER 4. Can everyone get the flu vaccine? If you are severely allergic to eggs (which are used to make the vaccine) or have had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past, you should not get the flu vaccine. If you have a high fever or acute illness on the day you’re scheduled to get the shot, you should postpone vaccination until you are better. 5. Do I need to get a flu shot if I got one last year? The composition of this year’s flu shot is different from that of previous years. Furthermore, flu shots only provide protection for six to 12 months. Therefore, you need to get a new flu shot every year if you want continued protection. controlled. We strive to bring you safe and effective medicines and only provide medicines that are approved by and registered with the national drug authorities. Like foreign-made vaccines, the Chinese-made flu vaccine protects against the strains recommended by WHO, which means that their composition will be the same. Imported and domestic vaccines are both effective and safe. The main differences may be brand, origin, price, and their approved indication or dosage in China. 8. I want to get a flu shot. What else do I need to know? The best time to get vaccinated is the end of October and November, but getting vaccinated in December or later still provides effective protection. 6. Can I get a flu shot if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? Flu shots are safe for children and pregnant women. Flu shots can prevent complications from the flu and they are recommended by the CDC in the US and China, even for pregnant women. If you have any questions or concerns, please see your doctor before getting vaccinated. 7. What’s the difference between imported and locally produced vaccines? Whether they’re imported or manufactured in China, the vaccines that we use at BJU are always highly Helen Zhang This article was written by United Family Healthcare’s Director of Pharmacy, Helen Zhang. She is a registered pharmacist in China and the USA. 33