Now is a Great Time to Get Your Flu Shot
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Did you know that it takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunities to effectively fight off the flu after you’ve gotten your flu shot? That’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot early—before the flu season hits in October. If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot this year, now is the time.
Unlike vaccines for other viruses that you only need once in your life (or require an occasional booster), you need to get a flu vaccine every year. Why? One reason is that the flu virus has a bad habit of mutating from year to year. Another is that there are a number of flu virus strains that spread through the population each year. So the CDC attempts to predict which ones will be most troublesome and creates a specific vaccine to fight those particular virus strains each year.
The flu that you get vaccinated for is a respiratory illness—not the stomach bug (that is typically the Norovirus). But don’t think that a respiratory flu is no big deal. About 20,000 children are hospitalized every year due to respiratory flu viruses and it is estimated that between 3,000 and 49,000 adults die from complications caused by the flu virus each year.
If you do happen to get the flu—it’s possible, even after getting vaccinated because none of the vaccines are 100% effective—see a medical professional immediately. You’ll most likely be given an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu, which can help reduce the length of your illness and make you feel better while you recover.
Get your flu vaccine today at one of our convenient locations. You never need an appointment to see our medical professionals, which makes it easy for you to stop in between other appointments and get your vaccine taken care of.