Ask Dr. Vieder - Flu Season

25 October, 2018, 02:34 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Flu shots now available through house calls by pharmacists

The Ingham County Health Department is gearing up for another flu season. Flu seasons can be unpredictable, but peak flu activity is usually between late December and March each year.

Twenty-two people have been hospitalized in CT with the flu activity so far this season as flu activity has been slowly increasing statewide since the end of August, which is typical for the flu season.

Just over 15,000 confirmed cases of influenza have been recorded in NSW from January to October 17, compared with more than 101,000 cases for the same period in last year's horror season.

Officials say it can take up to two weeks after receiving the vaccine for the antibodies to develop in the body and start to protect against the influenza virus.

In September, Congress approved $140 million in new federal funding toward a universal flu vaccine.

Anyone six months of age and older can receive the flu vaccine, and is encouraged to get vaccinated early in the season. Please make it a point to see your primary care physician, pediatrician or visit us anytime at Lakes Urgent Care.

"If you're over 65 or in any of the "at risk" groups, the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes".

If you get the flu after having the vaccine, doctors say your symptoms are typically less severe. That includes pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions and their caregivers.

Aside from getting vaccinated annually, the number one thing everyone can do to help prevent the spread of influenza and other infections is to wash hands frequently and properly. Stay hydrated and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.



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