It’s flu season! Yes, that’s right. Flu season can start as early as October and November and could hang over our heads for months. How can we brace ourselves for this season’s strains? The Centers for Disease Control says everyone should think about getting a flu shot.
Getting the shot, the CDC says, is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu. Some people are considered “high risk” and should get the flu shot as soon as possible. This includes pregnant women, children between 6 months and 5 years old, and people over the age of 65. Also, if you live with someone who is in a high-risk category, it is recommended by the CDC that you get the flu shot, too.
Sometimes, though, there’s no avoiding illness. If you do come down with a cold or flu this season, be sure to check in with your doctor, drink plenty of liquids and wash your hands often.
If you have any questions about the flu vaccine or the 2014-15 flu season, contact your local health department or physician’s office. Even if your doctor’s office doesn’t provide flu shots, most major pharmacy chains, grocery stores and community organizations offer flu shots and flu clinics through the holidays.