Blog Post

28 Feb
By: Brian Smith 0

Flu Vaccines

Seasonal Flu Facts:

  • Contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus
  • Best way to prevent this illness is by getting the flu vaccine
  • This year’s flu vaccine (2013-2014) contains four influenza strains
  • Flu season is usually October-May with the peak season occurring in January and February
  • It is important to remember that it takes about 2 weeks after the vaccination for antibodies to develop to start protecting you against the influenza virus infection. Protection lasts about 1 year.

Symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and round the eyes
  • Generalized weakness
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Watery discharge from your nose

What a person can do to fight the flu:

  • Get a flu vaccine for anyone 6 months or older
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water often (see hand washing instructions below)
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue, or even with your sleeve, if you cough or sneeze
  • If you are sick or have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, stay home. Don’t go to work, or send your kids to school.