Flu season starts just after Christmas around February and March. Are you aware of getting flu vaccine. But the time to get a Flu shot is now.
Influenza easily spreads within families and in places like nurseries, playgroups and schools, toddlers and children are often in very close proximity to each other and especially susceptible to any circulating germs.
Mainly, to children and pregnant woman a strong advise to get vaccinated. People from six months of age with long term health conditions, people aged 65 and over, and carers.
And people need the shot, not the nasal spray because it’s not as effective. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu shot takes about two weeks to become effective. Doctors usually don’t see a lot of flu cases in October and November, but in December the numbers increase.
Eight-year-olds added to the programme this year
“October is the perfect time,” says Dr. Alan von Gremp, an emergency medicine doctor with American Family Care clinics. “I always use Halloween as a reminder.”
Eight-year-olds added to the programme this year. As part of a gradual extension of protection against the virus for children. The vaccine, which involves no needles, is now available to children aged two-eight years on August 31 this year.
Moreover, other symptoms include severe aches in muscles and joints. Weakness or extreme fatigue, a headache, a dry cough, sore throat and runny nose.
In the 2016-17 flu season, more than 75 percent of children got the vaccination. While less than 50 percent of adults did likewise.
Doctors advise the flu shot for adults and children at least six months old every year. Ultimately doctors are trying to prevent the spread of infection, says Dr. Justin Ossman, a local family medicine physician at Erlanger hospital.
Finally, the World Health Organization meets twice a year. It determines influenza strain, the most prevalent based on what they’ve seen in previous years.