Flu season is upon us and people are already bracing their tissue packs for another season of sneezing and germs. Here are a few tips to help you avoid the flu before it hits you this season.
· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
· Several flu vaccines are recommended for use during the 2018-2019 flu season.
· All vaccines will protect against both Type A strains of influenza (H1N1 and H3N2) and a Type B strain. Both trivalent (three component) and quadrivalent (four component) flu vaccines will be available during the 2018-2019 flu season. The quadrivalent vaccines will also protect against the additional Type B strain.
· Getting a flu vaccine will not make you sick, but you may have minor side effects that mirror flu symptoms, lasting one to two days.
· You should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. However, if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, it is not too late—influenza activity can continue even into May.