Achuu...Protect your loved ones, GET THE FLU SHOT. Each year, on average, 5 % - 20 % of the U.S. population gets the flu, thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from illnesses related to the flu.
Flu season occurs during fall and winter time. While influenza circulates all year, the peaks of flu occur between December and February, but the active virus can run as late as May. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
There are some questions you might have regarding the 2018- 2019 flu vaccine, we can answer them:
Should I still get the flu vaccine if I got it last year?
- Yes, flu season is different every year. Getting the flu shot annually is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones! Getting the flu vaccine reduces your chances of illness, missed work and school days due to getting the flu.
If I already got the flu this season will the flu shot work?
- Yes, the flu vaccine provides immunity against multiple strains of influenza, not just the one you previously got. Schedule your appointment if you are feeling chills, body aches, have dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea and are feeling more tired than usual
Can the vaccine cause Influenza?
- Vaccines in general can cause the immune system to react and general infection symptoms (many cold and flu symptoms are just general infection symptoms) can appear, though these symptoms are usually not as severe or long-lasting as influenza. Fever is the most common side effect from getting any kind of vaccine and it is usually self-limited.
Who should NOT get the flu shot?
- If your child is less than 6 months of age, they are too young to get vaccinated. The best thing you can do is to protect them by having everyone around them vaccinated against the flu.
Children 6 months and older with allergic reactions to antibiotics, gelatin, and eggs should not get a flu shot. You should check with your medical provider if you are experiencing flu symptoms, are pregnant or if you have a certain medical condition.
Enjoy the weather and prevent getting sick by getting a flu shot. If you have any questions about the flu vaccine or if you are experiencing flu symptoms request an appointment with one of our medical providers.