The ideal time to get a flu shot is in the late fall but if you’ve avoided the flu so far, getting one in January or February is OK too. It takes about two weeks for the body to create the immune properties that will help the body reject the flu.
Can you get the flu FROM the flu shot? – NO – it is a dead virus.
Can you get the flu after getting the shot? – yes it’s possible, but a MUCH milder case.
Who should get the flu shot? Well, ideally, everyone. But some folks are allergic to the egg that the flu serum is grown in. Anyone allergic to eggs should avoid the flu shot.
The flu can be deadly to certain groups of people. The very, very young, ages 6 to 23 months and folks who are 65 years or older are more vulnerable to the flu. Adults and children with chronic health conditions – heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, cancers, and other chronic disorders are at greater risk when the flu hits. It’s also important that the caregivers of the “at risk” people are immunized as well.
The more people who get the flu shot leaves fewer people to get the flu and pass it around. It’s a responsible action to take for yourself and for your community.
How to Prevent the flu
Clean your hands – hand washing is a #1 disease inhibitor
Avoid close contact – with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others.
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, or if none is available at the moment, into the crook of your elbow (not your hands)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – each of these sites are a great portal of entry for germs
Stay physically fit – get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink water, and eat good food.