Flu Season Has Already Started.
Usually peaking in January or February, flu season can continue into March or later. Now is the time to get vaccinated! Usually, it takes 1-2 weeks to fully develop protection after you get the flu shot. Everyone older than 6 months of age needs it, especially pregnant women.
Up to 20% of people in the U.S. may get the flu. Here’s how you can prevent getting it.
- Get a flu shot. It is the best way to prevent the flu.
- Wash your hands. Especially before and after meals, touching your face, coughing, and sneezing.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cough into your elbow or use tissues.
- Take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and exercise to keep your immune system strong.
- Pay attention when traveling. Try to limit or avoid exposure to those who are sick.
There are 5 different types of flu vaccines.
- Intramuscular (standard shot) – for everyone
- Intradermal (uses a small needle) – only for ages 18-64 yrs
- Egg-Free (does not use chicken egg) – for people with allergies ages 18-49 yrs
- High-Dose (quadrupled dosage which strengthens older immune systems) – only for ages 65 yrs and older
- Nasal Mist (no needle) – only for healthy people ages 2-49 yrs, and NOT for pregnant women
Getting a flu shot is the #1 way of preventing the flu. Get yours today!
Dr. Ernest Patti