Have you had a flu shot this season?
Flu shots are important for everyone, but especially for people with certain medical conditions.
Flu season begins in October and ends in May. The flu is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The virus can travel up to 6 feet when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
It's time for you to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone over the age of 6 months get one. This is especially true if:
- You have diabetes, asthma, lung disease, or heart disease
- You are pregnant
- You are over the age of 50
Flu vaccines protect you and your family. The flu shot can be given by your primary care provider (PCP) or at the pharmacy. In some cases, you can get a nasal spray instead of a shot. Talk to your PCP and your child's PCP about the right kind of flu protection for you and your family.
Most cases of flu happen from December to February. Call your PCP if you begin to feel flu-like symptoms.
Flu signs or symptoms include:
- Sweat and chills
- Runny nose
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Feeling tired