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Don’t Let the Flu Find You!

It’s that time of year again. The time when the leaves are falling and the flu starts calling. Even if you don’t have a regular doctor, experts recommend you still find a place to get your vaccine. They are typically offered at many community locations ranging from area drug stores to the health department. Area churches and synagogues often host health fairs in the fall where shots are made available.

The team at Fall River Jewish Home put together a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you get ready for flu season.

Q: Who should get a flu shot?

A: Physicians tell us people who have the highest risk of developing further complications (like pneumonia or bronchitis) if they are bit by the flu bug should get the vaccine. That includes people 65 years of age and older, those with chronic illnesses like asthma, COPD, diabetes, and pregnant women. In addition, if you live with or care for someone who is at greater risk, you should get the vaccine to prevent passing it on to them.

Q: When is flu season?

A: While flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, peak season is generally in January and February.

Q: When should I get vaccinated?

A: It generally takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in and protect you from the viruses. So you should make plans to get the vaccine as soon as it is available in your community.

Q: Do I have to get the shot every year?

A: Yes. The vaccine is different each year. It is reformulated every year to protect you from new strains of the flu virus.

Q: Will I get the flu from having the flu shot?

A: The flu shot is not made from a live virus, so it doesn’t give you the flu. It may trigger an immune response in your body that can cause muscle aches or a low fever for a few days. The nasal flu vaccine is slightly different in that it is made from a live but weakened strain of the virus. It is only recommended for healthy adults up to age 49.

Do you schedule a flu shot each year?

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