The flu season is fast approaching and individuals with proper vaccination can avoid the miserable days of muscle aches, fever, chills, sweats, coughing and nasal congestion. Unlike the common cold, most people do not know they are infected with the flu virus until it is too late.
The flu season starts around October and can last until May, so early vaccination is very important. Those at high risk of developing the flu include children, pregnant women, elderly and those with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses.
Complications of developing the flu include sinus and ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, all of which can lead to expensive healthcare costs and even hospitalization. However, once vaccinated, you stand a better chance at avoiding the flu and helping to protect those around you.
Some interesting facts about the flu:
- It takes approximately two weeks to build immunity to the flu virus and lasts for one year. The Takeaway – Get vaccinated early in the season and receive an annual vaccination.
- Different types of flu vaccines are available. Nasal sprays are great for kids who are afraid of needles. High dose products help elderly patients receive the protection they need.
- Knowledge is power! Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about the following:
-Previous allergic reactions to the flu vaccine
-All medical conditions, drug or food allergies
For more information about the flu, please visit www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov/flu.