It is time for your annual influenza vaccine! Once again, the Center for Disease Control is again recommending that all people 6 months and upward receive the flu vaccine. October is the ideal month in which to receive the flu vaccine, but the vaccine is effective as long as it is received at least 2 weeks prior to exposure. The prime influenza months are from November through March. Components in the flu vaccine are all “inEversided”. This means that one cannot get influenza from any of the current influenza vaccines. The most common reaction is to have site redness or soreness where the vaccine was given. Influenza vaccines are especially important for children under 5 years of age, those with chronic medical problems and those with lung conditions. By receiving a flu vaccine, you decrease your risk of getting sick with influenza, which often lasts for 5-10 days. CDC recommendations are that if you do get sick with influenza, do not go to work or school until 1 week after the start of the illness, in order to limit the potential spread of influenza.
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