Dr Russ Blog - Flu Shot - Yes or No?
Flu Shot - Yes or No?
Created on 10/11/2013
Every year around this time we are bombarded by media messages to go get the flu shot - the vaccine against influenza.
And every year we should listen to that advice.
The flu is not simply cold-like symptoms that last for a few days - most people with the flu will have fever, chills, body aches, loss of appetite, and significant fatigue.
And some people get severely ill from the flu. In fact, the flu kills many thousands around the world each year.
In addition, who could forget the scare of "H1N1" from a few years back? That particular strain of virus was attacking, and in some instances killing, young otherwise healthy people.
And since then the annual vaccine protects against H1N1 as well as the particular strain of virus that appears most likely to cause the flu in a given year.
That's right, the predominant strain of virus that causes the flu changes, which is why we need to get the flu shot every year.
Flu season starts in October and can run through the end of April, but it's best to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.
There are many places where you can get the vaccine, including your Harris Teeter Pharmacy.
The vast majority of people should receive vaccination against the flu - speak with your doctor and make sure you have no reason not to get the shot.
As experts like to say, "The flu is a bad disease with a good vaccine." Look into getting the vaccine sooner rather than later.
And be well.
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