The Flu Season is extending into the New Year, and this latest wave of the influenza continues to spread throughout the country. We are seeing an increase in flu cases resulting in serious illness and hospitalizations, and it isn’t over yet.
While the influenza vaccine has not prevented the predominate strain of flu this season, both doctor and public officials agree that anyone who has not yet had the flu shot should do so now. You may still get the flu, but having had the vaccine can help minimize symptoms and the severity of the infection. We are only half way through the flu season with another peak expected in February and March.
If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, it isn’t too late to schedule an appointment at Arbor View Family Medicine and get yours in time to help protect you.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) suggests a 3-prong approach to protect against the flu: the first, and most important of which is to get the vaccination. The second step is to take everyday precautions to stop the spread of germs, and the last of which is to talk to your doctor about taking a flu antiviral drug. You can read some more about each step here: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
So call today to set up an appointment and get your vaccination. It may keep you healthier as some defense is better than no defense. If you think you have contracted the influenza, it is important to contact your physician immediately, Tamiflu and other anti-viral medications work best if given at the onset of the illness.