Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family this flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get the vaccine before the end of October. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination for antibodies to develop that provide protection against the influenza virus.
Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season. The nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because of concerns about its effectiveness. The flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses this year. If you have an egg allergy, let your provider know before getting the vaccination.
In addition to the flu vaccine, you can take many precautions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to avoid getting sick. The flu virus is mainly spread through coughs and sneezes so if you have the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading germs.
The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza. The viruses in the vaccine are dead and cannot cause infection.
Check with your Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) provider about getting your flu vaccine today.