By: Kyle McCormick, Pharm. D
The flu - it has a starring actor, will keep you in your seat, lasts an entire season, and is coming to a town near you. The big difference between it and Hollywood? One you want to experience, the other you don’t.
Sticking with the analogy made above, the actor behind the illness commonly referred to as the “flu” is the influenza virus, which presents itself in various forms. For this reason, the flu vaccine is updated every year with components most likely to protect for the current year. The flu is notorious for its fever, chills, fatigue, congestion, and body pains that keeps you on the couch for an average of 5 days. The flu is common any time between October and May, but experiences peaks in transmission between December and February. As it is November, we have already entered this window of activity. In Pennsylvania, flu activity is currently listed at sporadic* but is bound to pick up over the next couple weeks.
The best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. More than 118 million doses of the flu vaccine have been administered through October. Although this seems like a large number, it leaves 63% of the US population unvaccinated and susceptible. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet this year, be sure to stop by Gatti Pharmacy today. In addition to the flu shot, we can make sure you are up to date on all your routine vaccines.
*Written November 8, 2015 - to view current activity, click here
Kyle is not only a pharmacist here at Gatti but also our Patient Care Director. To learn more about him, visit our about page.
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