The Flu Season is in full swing. The vaccine contains strains of the flu that scientists thought would most likely hit the United States. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect match this year, and some vaccinated people are getting the flu anyway. But it’s still a good idea to get vaccinated, as it does reduce the severity of the illness. The vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months old. There is a high dose version available for seniors. The vaccine is recommended for pregnant women as well. The vaccine cannot cause the flu, but some folks experience a temporary low- grade fever and achiness that they interpret as disease.
What to do: Get your vaccination. If you have immune system or allergy issues, talk to your doctor about which type of vaccination is best for you. If you are infected, limit exposure to other people. Hand washing and coughing into your elbow reduce the spread.
Thought for the day: There is still time to get your shot. It may not be perfect, but it’s better than not.
What’s Going Around is contributed by family practice doctor Kyle Scarborough, M.D. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.