Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Most flu vaccines in the United States protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. There are also some flu vaccines that protect against three different flu viruses (“trivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one influenza B virus. Two of the trivalent vaccines are designed specifically for people 65 and older to create a stronger immune response. (Source: https://cdc.gov)
Yearly flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older – even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to help prevent flu and its serious complications like hospitalizations.
While it’s not possible to say for certain what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the coronavirus (COVID-19) will both be spreading. Even though getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, it can still reduce your risk of becoming seriously ill from flu and even dying from it. In addition, getting your flu vaccine will also help to conserve healthcare resources like hospital beds, PPE, ventilators, etc.
Flu vaccines are available as early as August. Better Health Pharmacy expects to receive flu vaccines around mid-September. You can call us at (682) 708-3499 for availability.
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