The flu is a serious virus that can become life-threatening, especially to those who are very young or elderly. While there is no way to guarantee you are protected against the flu, being vaccinated can greatly reduce your chances of becoming ill. Even in cases where the virus is not life-threatening the flu is extremely uncomfortable, with symptoms typically lasting 5-10 days. The flu virus usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms:
- sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
Some people have a higher risk of problems from the flu. It’s especially important that these people, and those who live with them, get vaccinated. This vulnerable group includes:
– pregnant women
– kids younger than age 5
– people age 65 and older
– people of any age who have long-term health conditions
Until fairly recently, doctors recommended that children suffering from an egg allergy should not get the flu shot. This is because the vaccination is grown inside of eggs. However now, health experts say that because there’s just a tiny bit of egg allergen in the vaccine, the flu shot is safe even for people with a severe egg allergy.
When Do You Get a Flu Vaccine?
If you’re getting a flu vaccine, it’s best to get it in the fall, before “flu season.” Flu season starts in October and usually ends in May. December, January, and February are usually the worst months for flu, when the most people have it and you’re most likely to get it. Do not wait until it is too late to get vaccinated for the flu this year!
Remember, when trying to protect your family against getting the flu virus, the best choice you can make is vaccination. This significantly improves your chances at avoiding the virus coming into your home in the first place. This can help keep your children from missing school, the adults from missing work, and everyone from a lot of miserable flu symptoms. Come into Wellspire Medical Group for your vaccination today!
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101
Humble, TX 77338