Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different and can affect people differently. Even very healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others, states Dr. Joseph Durkalski.
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine especially if they are high risk of developing complications, like pneumonia, if they get sick with the flu. Medical conditions that may be more high risk are those with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, pregnant women and people 65 years and older.
The Flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in your body about two weeks after getting the vaccine and will lessen the chance that you will get the flu or spread it to others.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be the most common during the upcoming season.
Dr. Shaun Roe states that is very important to note that the viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot!
Morristown will be holding Flu Shot clinics for their patients on a first come first serve basis: October 19th and 26th from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.