Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

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One of the best ways to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot each year. Viruses that cause the flu change from year to year. For that reason, doctors recommend getting the flu vaccine each fall or winter. For individuals who for one reason or another don’t receive a flu shot, there are some preventive measures to take:

  • Stay healthy: when your immune system is strong it’s easier to fight off sickness
  • Keep your hands off your face
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet

When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Vaccination before December is best and ensures that protection is in place before flu season is at its peak. The Centers for Disease Control encourage people to get vaccinated early in the season and as early as August when the flu vaccine is released.

Over the course of the flu season, many different influenza viruses can circulate at different times and in different places. As long as flu viruses are still spreading in the community, vaccination can provide protective benefit.

How is the vaccine given?

The vaccine is usually given as a shot in the arm. Some people may receive the vaccine in a nasal spray form instead. Your doctor can tell you which vaccine is right for you.

Talk to your doctor about when you should receive your shot.

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