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The 2018-2019 flu season is upon us. It is important to begin getting your vaccination now. The flu shot takes about 2 weeks to work and your immunity will last through the spring. Here are two of the biggest flu season questions answered:
I’m healthy, Do I really need the flu vaccine?
Yes. Influenza is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to a more serious illness. The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months of age or older. Some individuals are at more risk of complications of the flu and should consider vaccination including pregnant women, older people, and individuals with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
When is the right time to get the vaccine, can I get it too early?
Now is the right time to get the flu vaccine. Flu activity can begin as early as October and last well into March. If the influenza virus is circulating, you should still get the flu vaccine. Flu season can often last into the spring, and the sooner you get vaccinated, the more effective it will be.
Do you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine?
Tria Health provides one-on-one confidential counseling with a pharmacist for any of your medication related questions. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan, call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your questions.
Tria Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742