Why the Best Time to Get Your Flu Shot is Now

Getting any type of sickness can be a drag, but coming down with the flu is a particularly inconvenient and even dangerous illness to catch. It’s getting to be that time of year again where we see more and more of our patients showing flu symptoms, such as high fevers, headaches, body aches, chills, and more.

Nobody wants to deal with that, and the best way to avoid succumbing to these symptoms is to get a flu shot in a timely manner. So when should you schedule your flu shot? Right now! At RevaMed Primary Care Associates we’ll make sure you’re protected against the flu so that you spend less time in our office and more time enjoying life.

Why you should get the flu shot

The flu, also known as the influenza virus, is a dangerous sickness that is easily spread and can sometimes require hospitalization. It moves from person to person primarily through droplets in the air when people who are sick sneeze, cough, or talk. Every flu season contains a combination of different strains of the virus, and the strains, along with the flu symptoms they cause, can affect people differently. We see many of our patients (who don’t get the flu shot) catch the flu every year and show a variety of symptoms such as:

So what’s the best way to protect yourself against catching the flu? The flu shot. Getting vaccinated each year will significantly reduce your chances of catching the flu and could even save you a trip to the hospital. Getting your flu shot is quick and easy, and each year’s vaccine is formulated for the strains that are most likely to be prevalent during that flu season.

When should you get vaccinated?

At RevaMed Primary Care Associates, our recommendation on when to get your flu shot is in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You should plan on getting your flu shot before it begins spreading in your community, which is typically the end of October. It takes two weeks post-vaccination for the proper antibodies to develop in your body and provide ample protection against the flu.

Getting vaccinated too early, such as in July or August, will most likely reduce your protection against flu infection once flu season rolls around, especially for young children and older adults. Getting vaccinated late in the flu season is still beneficial, but you risk losing protection for part of the season.

To learn more about the dangers of the flu and to receive your flu shot, call us today to schedule your appointment.

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