Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet?
It’s that time of year again where everyone around you is sick. Flu season is unpleasant for everyone, especially for those who cannot get the vaccine, babies, the elderly, and other health compromised people.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the flu vaccine and the flu itself. Some believe that the vaccine will cause you to get the flu (it can’t, and won’t, the vaccine is made from an “Inactive” flu virus that is not transmittable), that it’s not necessary to get a shot each year (it is since the formulation changes each season), or that the flu is a minor illness that is easily treatable with antibiotics (the flu is a virus which means antibiotics are completely ineffective).
Remember that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection, so it’s a good idea to get it early in the season. Especially if you work or are around people daily.
Please get the flu vaccine to help keep yourself healthy and to keep the people around you healthy, especially pregnant women, children, and the elderly population.
Here are some reminders to keep in mind as we enter cold& flu season:
· Wash your hands often
· Cover those sneezes and coughs
· If you are sick, stay home
Be prepared. Get a flu vaccine. If you have questions or concerns about the flu shot, call us (978) 594-8980