Fall is fast approaching and that means flu season is right around the corner. The best protection against the virus is to get the flu shot.
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination is vital for those at high risk of serious complications from the flu. The most common complication from the flu is a bacterial infection of the lungs or bacterial pneumonia. This happens because the flu virus damages the lungs and causes inflammation, which then makes it easier for bacteria to invade the lungs and cause serious infection. Sepsis is another complication that can occur when the body overreacts to an infection. Sepsis can affect multiple organ systems and can lead to organ failure, which is fatal.
Although the flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get sick it does reduce your chances of getting the flu and if you do get sick it may be less severe.
As well as getting your flu shot, ideally before the end of October, take precautions to avoid exposure to the flu virus such as washing your hands frequently and staying away from people who are sick. Children six months through eight years who require two doses should receive their first dose of the flu shot as soon as possible to allow the second dose to be received by the end of October.
It is important to stay home if you have flu-like symptoms until at least 24 hours after the fever has gone. Flu-like symptoms include s a fever, body aches, and tiredness.
Flu vaccines are now available at all Central Counties Health Centers locations so call and book your appointment today.