THINGS TO DO: 1. GET A FLU SHOT
If you are making a To Do List for the fall season, getting a seasonal flu shot should be on the top of your list. Prevention is the key to avoiding illness and getting a flu shot is the first step. If thousands of people had the protection from the various strains of virus that the seasonal flu shot gives, that’s fewer getting sick and fewer coughing and sneezing and passing the flu to family members and coworkers. It’s a way that communities can begin boosting resistance to common flu viruses. It’s called herd immunity and it works.
This is the first year that a flu shot has been made available that protects against four strains of influenza. The added strain is a B-type flu that mostly causes illness in young children. The shot costs a bit more and probably won’t be everywhere. Get the “tried and true” three-strain if it’s all that is available to you.
This year you again have the nasal-spray vaccine known as FluMist–used primarily for young children and it will protect against the four strains this year. Adults who dislike big needles can ask for a Fluzone Intradermal, whose ultrathin needles only go skin deep.
Seniors are often given higher doses of the flu vaccines to “jump-start” their immune system. People who are allergic to eggs finally have their own option too in Flublok. Other vaccines are grown in chicken eggs but not this one!
Check out your local county Health Department for information about flu clinics and the availability of the seasonal flu shot. If you have an underlying illness like diabetes or you are immune-compromised, you might need a pneumonia shot also. Many health departments will give you the shots for a fee under 20 dollars. Bring your Medicare card.
Current bottom line for the beginning of the flu season: get a seasonal flu shot for you and your family and practice prevention every day. That means frequent hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers—they are available in handy sizes you can carry in your purse or pocket. When sneezing or coughing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow or arm. You’ll help yourself and everyone around you stay healthy. So put getting a flu shot on your To Do List today!
I hope this new info on the flu shot is helpful! Thanks to Google Images and Time.com