YES! If you or your children have not gotten your Flu shot yet, it’s not too late. Getting vaccinated against Influenza (The Flu) will still reduce your risk of catching the Flu and may reduce your symptoms if you do come down with the Flu this season. So far this season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common. Over half of H3N2 viruses analyzed this season are different from the H3N2 virus in this season’s flu vaccine. This may reduce how well the Flu shot protects against those H3N2 viruses. However, given that many different influenza viruses circulate and the vaccine protects against three or four different viruses, the CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination as the best way to protect against the flu and reduce flu-related ER visits. Remember that complications caused by the Flu, like pneumonia, can still be life threatening if not treated quickly. Protect your family by having them all vaccinated and take everyday precautions, like washing your hands and covering your mouth when sneezing.
Symptoms of the Flu include high fever (over 100°), severe body aches and pain, runny nose, cough, congestion, and fatigue. The Flu is more severe than a cold and if you consult with your Doctor with 48 hours of contracting the Flu, he or she may want to prescribe some medicine that will shorten the length of your illness and the lessen the severity of your symptoms. One of these medicines include Tamiflu®, available for adults and children as young as 2 weeks old and up.
Stay warm and healthy this season and consult your healthcare professional if you have questions about the Flu or the Flu vaccine.
For more information, http://www.flu.gov/index.html