Getting the Flu Shot in the Fall Will Prepare You for Peak Season

The weather is getting cooler, and fall is here. With fall comes beautiful leaves, nicer weather, football season, and some illnesses that aren’t as pleasant. Flu season is already upon us. Flu season lasts between October and May every year, and this season has been predicted to be a busy one, with many cases already reported. So, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

How Does the Flu Shot Work?

The flu shot typically comes in two forms; a shot containing three dead strains that are the most likely to infect for that year, and a shot containing four strains.  The flu vaccine can be hard to understand, especially with the differences between the types of vaccines and reports of people still getting sick with the flu vaccine. The flu shot works by having your body form antibodies against the virus, meaning that they will protect your body from infection if you come in contact with it. The flu shot will either prevent infection entirely or lessen the possibly fatal side effects of the illness.

When is Peak Season?

While the typical flu season begins in October and ends in May, the peak season is generally December through February. Peak season means the most likely time for someone to catch the flu, due to the weather and other factors. Depending on the severity of the viruses each year, though, the peak season may be mild or lengthen.

Why Get the Flu Shot Early?

The antibodies the flu vaccine creates in your body actually take two weeks to develop. This means, you can come into contact with the flu after receiving the vaccine and still contract the flu. The earlier in the season you get the vaccine, the less likely you are to experience severe flu symptoms, if any at all. It is one simple thing you can do to take care of your health this winter.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a flu vaccine, contact Addison Internal Medicine at 972-301-7060 (Addison) or 972-763-5666 (Carrollton).