Tis the Season...Flu Season

Posted: 10/16/2015 2:42:25 PM by
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter, generally hitting its peak in January and February. It can start as early as October and end as late as May.
Whether you decide to get vaccinated or not, here are are a couple of facts about the flu shot.
The flu shot CANNOT give you the flu. You hear it sometimes. "I got the flu shot once. It gave me the FLU!" No. It didn't. It is possible however, to contract the flu despite getting vaccinated. One cause may be having already contracted the virus but not yet presenting with symptoms before getting the shot, or having the misfortune of contracting a strain that isn't covered in the vaccine.
The flu does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. While most people who get the flu will suffer no worse than feeling achy and miserable for about a week, some folks such as very young babies, the elderly, and the otherwise immunocompromised are at increased risk of flu-related complications, which can be quite serious.
Click here to visit the CDC's flu season web page for additional information.
The medical consensus is that the vaccine is the absolute best way to protect yourself against getting the flu, but there are some additional things you can do to minimize your risk, such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water. You'd be surprised how many germy surfaces we come in contact with during the day.
Click here for more helpful tips and tricks for avoiding the flu this year.