Every year, influenza is the cause of sickness in millions of homes across the country. The illness claimed between 12,000 and 56,000 lives in 2010 alone according to the CDC. The good news is that we know flu season begins when the temperatures drop, and this allows time to get a flu shot to help protect you from infection.
Understanding Flu Shot Timing
Being proactive can save you from contracting the flu, but you have to consider timing. It takes antibodies around two weeks to develop once you’ve been vaccinated. The flu shot is not a live virus and therefore does not give you the flu. This is a common misconception and should not be a fear. This makes the end of October a good deadline reference point. Those at particular risk include:
- People with chronic conditions
- Young children
- Older people
- Pregnant women
An Ounce of Prevention
Flu symptoms stick around for one two weeks with the most severe symptoms lasting two to three days. If you can set aside an hour of your day, you are taking the first step in saving hours of time in lost work. The staff here at Test Smartly Labs is experienced and professional. Call or stop by for your flu shot today.