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Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Now to Ensure Protection

November 3, 2014
With flu season – and holiday travel – just around the corner, right now is a good time to get an annual flu vaccine (whether you opt for a shot or the nasal spray), which is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the flu. Flu season in America most commonly peaks between December and January. It typically takes about two weeks after you are vaccinated for protective antibodies to build up in your immune system, so don’t wait too long.

The CDC estimates that, during the flu seasons between 1976 and 2007, between 3,000 and 49,000 individuals died from the flu. Even otherwise healthy individuals can become very sick from the flu and spread the disease to others, so prevention is important for everyone. The CDC recommends that all individuals 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu has a handy map to help you locate the nearest clinic or pharmacy to get vaccinated.

A few years ago, we interviewed William Shaffner, MD, past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, about the importance for all adults to become fully immunized according to recommended schedules. Dr. Shaffner had some simple advice for those considering whether or not to get the flu vaccine: Just do it!

For more information about the 2014-2015 flu season, check out the CDC’s resource page.