Flu Season

  • Flu Season - Time to Get Vaccinated

    Flu season generally runs from October and even as late as May, with a peak in January and February. The flu can be more dangerous for certain groups of people, including the very young, the elderly, and those with chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD. Since we are already a month into flu season, hopefully you will get yours soon if you haven't already!

    The flu shot takes around 2 weeks to go into effect, to protect you from the common strains that will be most likely to go around this season. It doesn't protect against every strain, because that would be virtually impossible. There are many strains that will be less common that the flu shot for a given year will not guard against. However, once you've gone 2 weeks after your flu shot, you will be vaccinated against the most common strains for that flu season, and it's recommended by health professionals that you get one.

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  • Protecting Yourself During the 2013 – 2014 Flu Season

    Despite the government shutdown, which started at the beginning of October, there are reports that the flu shot supply hasn't been directly affected. You should still be able to receive a flu shot just as you did last year. What has been affected, however, is how the flu viruses will be monitored if the shut down continues on through the winter and into the Spring of 2014. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has partially been shut down, along with other federally funded programs.

    Each February, the CDC begins to examine the flu season of the previous year and starts to work toward predicting the next flu season. Most of the predictions and preparations for the new flu shots have already been made, and a large number of the shots have already been produced and distributed. If the shut down had occurred in February, there would definitely have been a huge deficit in flu shots for this flu season, and no analysis or predictions for how this flu season could turn out.

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