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Protect Yourself From the Flu this Season

Posted On: September 30, 2012 In NLMA News

Did you know the flu season could start as early as October? Have you gotten your flu vaccine yet? The seasonal flu usual begins in the Fall and ends in the Spring. You may be asking when should you receive the flu vaccine? That is why we are writing this post! We want you to know how to protect yourself from the upcoming flu season!

Who and When Should A Person Receive the Flu Vaccine?

The flu vaccine takes about 2 weeks to be affective. Patients are recommended to come in and receive the vaccine as early as August. Who should receive the vaccine? Most doctors recommend people over the age of 6 months should receive the flu vaccine. Although it is optional for people to receive the flu vaccine, the following list of people are at a higher risk and are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine:

  • People who have certain medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease)
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 years and older

Flu Symptoms:

If you or a person you know has one or more of the following symptoms, they should contact their doctor immediately:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat

Make sure you are protected from the flu this season. Receive your flu vaccine today. Remember to talk to your doctor for more information about the flu virus. The doctors and nurses at CalltheDoc.com are available all day, every day to answer your questions about the flu or other medical problems. Call 1-800-414-7882 to learn more about our services, or sign up today.