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Published on December 04, 2017

It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

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Flu ShotWinter is a busy time – you are back at work and the kids are in school and engaged in sports, music and other activities. With all that going on, you may have forgotten to get your annual flu shot. According to Elisabeth Brown MD, Family Medicine physician at PIH Health, it’s not too late. “Flu is most prevalent from November through April, so there is still time to get vaccinated so you are protected for the majority of the season,” says Dr. Brown. “Flu shots are the best way to protect you and your family.”  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone six months of age or older. Those with elevated risks of flu complications, including young children, older adults and pregnant women, should be vaccinated. And those who spend time with people at elevated risk should be sure to get a flu shot to protect their loved ones.

It may take two weeks for a flu shot vaccination to begin working, so the sooner you are vaccinated, the better.

Getting a flu vaccination is simple – it is typically one shot in the arm. Check with your doctor before getting a flu shot if you are allergic to eggs or if you have had a reaction previously.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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