Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Flu Season

Halloween is around the corner, and you’ve probably already started planning your kids’ Halloween costumes. But in the midst of your preparations, make sure you schedule another important date on your calendar: your flu shot. Vaccinating your family will help keep them healthy during this year’s flu season.

Why should I get the flu shot?
Your best protection against the flu is a seasonal flu vaccine. At its best, the flu is a pesky illness that will leave you feeling bad and keep you at home. At its worst, the flu can require hospitalization and lead to death. Millions of people get the flu each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized from flu-related causes, and thousands die from the flu each year. The flu vaccine helps keep you healthy throughout the season.

How will the flu vaccine benefit me?

Who in my family should get vaccinated?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the flu vaccine for anyone six months or older. For the 2018-2019 flu season, there are several types of the flu vaccine, varying according to your age. Your care practitioner will match you with an age-appropriate flu vaccine, including a high-dose vaccine for older adults, a nasal spray, or the standard flu shot.

When should I get the flu shot in Dallas?
It’s important to be vaccinated before the flu hits Dallas. Once you’ve been vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for the antibodies to form in your body and start protecting you. We recommend getting your flu shot in Dallas by the end of October before flu season ramps up.

Why do I need the flu vaccine again this year?
It’s important to get a flu shot in Dallas annually. The flu virus changes each year, and the vaccine is reformulated accordingly. Getting vaccinated each year gives your body the best protection.

Schedule a flu vaccine with your primary care provider today! When you prioritize the flu vaccine, you’ll give your family the protection they deserve.  

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