It’s almost February and you may be thinking that it’s too late to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already. But did you know that it’s not too late? The season flu usually peaks from December to February but can last as late as May. I just got my flu shot 2 weeks ago and I’m so glad I did. This year is an especially bad one, thanks to the “H3N2” predominant strain, a particularly nasty strain of the flu virus. Even though this year’s vaccine is being a poor match for the H3N2 virus, the CDC continues to urge people to get vaccinated since vaccination may still offer some protection. Like every year, there are also flu strains out there that the vaccine IS a match for.
The flu is such a serious disease, so why not do what you can to prevent it from hitting your household? Getting the flu vaccine is especially important for people living with a chronic condition, pregnant women, young children, or adults 65+.
“Take 3” with the CDC
1) Take time to get a flu vaccine every year, the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications.
2) Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Check out these 6 healthy habits to help prevent the flu.
3) Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
Many people are still getting the flu this year even though they received the flu vaccine – my son is one of them! Thankfully, we started antiviral medicine within 48 hours which shortened the flu and made him feel better and able to get back to school quicker.
The CDC has recommended the use of antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination. They’re the only medicines that can specifically treat flu. CDC scientists have looked very carefully at the use of influenza drugs in the clinical setting, and the conclusion is clear, they work but they aren’t being used nearly enough. Quick antiviral treatment can mean the difference between a milder illness and a stay in the hospital or even death.
Make it a priority to go get your flu shot this year! There’s many groceries and drug stores that even offer it so you can cross it off your list while you’re picking up all your household staples. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu.
Have you gotten a flu shot yet?
Disclosure: This post is part of the blogger program by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions shared here are my own.