Most of us love the seasons changing and enjoy the cool autumn air and the lovely shades of gold and auburn taking over the landscape.
Undoubtedly, you can’t help but notice the widespread of flu especially now. The most important thing you can do to stay healthy during flu season, and it has to do with having a strong immune system is to get your flu vaccine.
It has been recommended that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine protects against the three flu viruses research indicates will cause the most illness during flu season. Flu season usually begins in October, and flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks to months. Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease. It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
There are two types of seasonal influenza vaccine:
1. Live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) contains live but attenuated (weakened) influenza prevent annual flu. They do virus. It is sprayed into the nostrils.
2. Inactivated influenza vaccine, H1N1 influenza. Sometimes called the “flu shot,” is given by injection. Influenza viruses are always changing. Because of this, influenza vaccines are updated every year, and an annual vaccination is recommended. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination. Protection lasts up to a year.
Live, attenuated influenza vaccine is approved for people from 2 through 49 years of age, who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions like heart disease , kidney or lung disease. People who should get inactivated influenza vaccine are all people 6 months of age and older especially those who are at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months.
We have experienced physicians and nurses that will educate and do their best to make you healthy and happy. You can visit our clinics in College Park and Hyattsville to get your flu vaccine today and don’t put it off until it is too late.