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
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
8. I want to get a flu shot. What else do I need to
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
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
This article was written by United Family Healthcare’s Director of Pharmacy, Helen
Zhang. She is a registered pharmacist in China and the USA.