Fall season is here and along with cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes comes fevers, running noses and scratchy throats. The best way to protect yourself during flu season is to get vaccinated. You should make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. It takes about two weeks after getting the shot for antibodies that protect against influenza to develop in the body, CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, before the flu season really gets underway.
Why Should I Get The Flu Shot?
Every year the influenza virus mutates and changes at a high rate. These mutations prevent our immune system to protect us against the virus. Flu seasons vary in timing and duration. The new vaccines take six months to make and are made each year to try to match the circulating global virus. According to CDC, the flu vaccination reduces a person’s risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%.
People at High Risk From Flu
Remember nobody is immune to getting the flu. Even the most healthiest people can get the flu. These people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
• People 65 years and older
• People with chronic diseases
• Pregnant women
• Children younger than 5 years