Nobody wants to be sick for the holidays. Influenza is one of many illnesses that become more prevalent in cold weather. Fortunately, the flu vaccine can help defend you against the spread of the virus during flu season.
Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?
With flu season just starting, it’s time to do what you can to protect yourself and your family. People infected with the flu can easily spread it to others. In fact, coughing and sneezing can help the flu spread to other people who are in close proximity to them. You can also get the flu by touching surfaces or objects that were handled by people with the flu.
A flu shot can give you an extra level of defense against the illness. While the benefit of not being sick for a few days is great, flu prevention can have even an even bigger impact for many people. For example, children under the age of 5 and people over 65 years old are at most at risk from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control also reports that the flu vaccine greatly reduces the number of people hospitalized from the flu and can help reduce issues for people with chronic health conditions.
How Do Flu Shots Work?
Now that you know how much a flu shot can help you, it’s good to know just how it helps. A flu shot causes a person’s body to develop antibodies that will provide protection against a group of influenza viruses that could make you sick. However, this process doesn’t happen immediately. It can take roughly two weeks for the vaccine to create the antibodies necessary to protect you.
Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?
Your local physician should be able to point you in the right direction for flu shots. However, you should talk to them first to discuss which immunizations you should consider and see if there are any reasons why you shouldn’t receive a flu shot. Give us a call at 440-930-4955 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with an Avon Lake physician or head to any of our other Greater Cleveland offices today.
Dr. Monique Richardson, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.