Don’t Wait Any Longer to Get Your Flu Shot

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated before the flu season is in full swing. The vaccine tak

Every winter, the flu makes its unfortunate appearance. Accompanied by fever, aches, pains, and fatigue, this highly-contagious illness forces millions of men, women, and children to their beds, missing work and school. The best way to ensure you don’t become such a statistic is to get a flu shot and the time is now.

At Grace Family Medicine in Wellington, Florida., our team of experienced health care professionals are eager to help you and your family stay healthy through the winter months. They offer the following overview of the flu shot and explain why you shouldn’t wait any longer to get one.

Creating the annual flu vaccine

The flu vaccine reduces your risk of catching the virus by 40-60%. Every year the strains of flu and, therefore, the vaccine created to fight it differ. That’s why, throughout the year, 142 national influenza centers in 113 countries around the world track the flu to predict which strain will hit the United States from one year to the next.

These centers relay their data to the World Health Organization Collaborating Centers for Reference and Research on Influenza and the United States’ own CDC figures among this group. Experts from each of these five institutions then get together twice a year to analyze the worldwide data in order to predict which flu strain will likely be the most problematic.

Based on this research, vaccine manufacturers develop the correct formula for protection.

Good medicine for young, old, and those in between

The CDC recommends that everyone gets vaccinated for the flu, starting at the age of six months. Among the few exceptions are individuals who are allergic to eggs (an ingredient in most flu vaccines).

For those over age 65, the CDC recommends a more potent flu vaccine, as members of this group typically have weakened immune systems and are more susceptible to the flu.

Why you don’t want the flu

While most people recover within two weeks of falling ill, every year in the United States since 2010, the flu has lead to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths. 

No time like the present

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated before the flu season is in full swing. The vaccine takes about two weeks to build your immunities and provide optimum protection, so now is the time to come into Grace Family Medicine for your flu shot. Call us at (561) 331-5155, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

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