Why to Get Your Flu Shot & Other Ways to Fight the Flu
This year, getting your flu shot is more important than ever to protect yourself and others. Find out where to go to get your flu shot today, and how you can fight the spread of the flu.
The introduction of fall and winter means it’s officially “flu season.” While the flu can stay around all year, the typical peak of flu season is from December to February but can last as late as May. With the presence of COVID-19 this year, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. The flu shot has important benefits like reducing flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work or school. It is best to get the shot early before the flu begins spreading in the community. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the protective antibodies to fully develop, so the CDC recommends getting the shot sometime in September or October. However, vaccination anytime during flu season will provide benefits. The most important thing is for all people six months and older to get a flu vaccine every year.
More ways to foil the flu
Wash your hands. Regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water will help prevent the spread of germs.
Scrub a dub dub. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects (like door knobs and handles, cell phones, your children’s toys and other frequently used items) that may be contaminated with germs.
Nourish your body. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables to aid your immune system in warding off sickness.
Catch some zzz’s. Getting enough sleep is key to keeping illness away.
Protect yourself and others around you. The flu vaccine helps your body create a special defense to fight off the flu.
Uh-oh! Not feeling well?
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may also be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
Stay home. Avoid sharing your sickness with friends and co-workers and steer clear of any other illnesses while you’re recovering from this one. The CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
Rest. Take some time to relax and recuperate. This can mean cozying up with a good book, catching up on a favorite TV show or napping… lots of napping.
Seek care, if needed. Call for a same-day appointment with your primary care provider or visit an urgent care clinic that can provide you with some relief.