With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is the perfect time to get your flu vaccine. A flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you. By getting vaccinated you are protecting loved ones, coworkers and people in your community that may be unable to get a flu vaccination. This year, the CDC is only recommending the flu shot, not the nasal spray vaccine, for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are painless. Usually, they have little to no side-effects and most health insurance companies will cover most, if not all, of the cost for you.
While seasonal flu activity varies, flu cases in eastern North Carolina generally peak between December and February and can last as late as May. If you missed your flu shot in November and December, there is still value in getting your vaccination. Getting vaccinated as late as January or February will protect you through the remainder of the season. To check the flu activity in your area, please click HERE.
In addition to getting your flu vaccine, there are many other steps you can take to reduce your exposure to the flu.
This can help prevent the flu virus from invading your system and keep you healthy. If you do feel like you are coming down with a cold or feeling flu symptoms, see your doctor immediately and stay home from work or school. The flu can be very serious for some people with other chronic health issues and can even be life-threatening to some. If you suspect you are sick, you are putting others at risk as well.
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious and sometimes even fatal disease. Visit us at Pharmacy East, or your nearest Physicians East Location and protect yourself and your loved ones. No appointment is necessary!
Pharmacy East is located in the front lobby on our main campus at 1850 W. Arlington Blvd, Greenville.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention