Every year, the CDC reminds us to get our flu shots to combat the flu season, which falls somewhere between October to March. There are many reasons behind this. One--each flu season is different. The flu virus can change, evolving or “mutate” to the point where last year’s flu vaccination does nothing against it. The medical community must also respond to the shifts in the flu season by also improving or alter the formula of the vaccine.
Thousands of people become afflicted with the flu virus each and every year. The CDC has reported that between 140, 000 and 170, 000 people have become hospitalized due to the flu virus since 2010. Even though the flu is often thought of as a common, everyday illness, these numbers do demonstrate the fact that people can become seriously ill from the disease.
How Does a Flu Vaccination Help Me?
Vaccinations serve to protect the bodies from infection, by introducing the antibodies into the body. It is expected that the body will have developed the antibodies necessary to fight the flu approximately two weeks after the shot. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months each year, and stresses that people who might be at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu should especially receive the vaccine.
High-risk individuals might include the following:
- Children under the age of 5, and particularly children under the age of 2
- Adults aged 65 and up
- Pregnant women (including postpartum women up to two weeks)
- Individuals living in nursing homes or other assisted or long-term care centers
- Those suffering from certain medical conditions, such as disorders of the liver, kidney, blood, endocrine, or have metabolic disorders
- Those who have asthma, neurological conditions, chronic lung disease, or heart disease
- Those who might already have weakened immune systems due to other medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS
Primary Care Associates of Texas also understands that some individuals might not be able to receive the flu shot due to health concerns or other conditions that prevent them from doing so. The most important step is to speak with your primary care physician about what course of action is best so that you stay protected during the flu season.
Where Can I Get the Flu Shot?
Fortunately, flu vaccines are widely available--from clinics, to hospitals, your doctor’s office, health centers at universities and colleges, and even at your pharmacy. Sometimes, your workplace or school might even offer the vaccine.
You can visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find a local vaccination center near you: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Get in Touch with Primary Care Associates of Texas
Primary Care Associates of Texas has several office locations throughout Texas to better serve our patients. Whether you need vaccination to protect you from the flu season or have another health concern you wish to discuss with one of our qualified physicians, we are here to help.
Please contact us today to learn more about health care services! We serve Fort Worth, Flower Mound, Arlington, Keller, Burleson, Weatherford, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Hurst, and the surrounding communities.