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Your Biggest Flu Questions Answered

By: Hannah Ropp   December 4, 2017
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It’s that time of year again! Flu season is officially here. While flu season begins in October, it doesn’t officially kick into high gear until December and then peaks in February through March.

According to Coordinated Health Primary Care Physician Michael Nimeh, M.D., there’s several reasons why the flu is more prevalent during winter months. “During the winter people spend more time indoors with the windows sealed so they are more likely to breath the same air as someone with the virus and contract the flu. Also, The influenza virus may survive better in colder, more dry climates,” he says. 

In order to protect yourself and your family during flu season, Dr. Nimeh advises his patients to get flu shots. He warns that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be effective so it’s better to get the vaccination early, however, if you haven’t gotten it there is still time!

Dr. Nimeh also says he gets a lot of questions from patients regarding who should get the flu shot and how effective the flu shots are. He says that everyone over the age of six months should get the flu shot unless they are allergic to an ingredient of the vaccine, which includes gelatin and antibiotics. As for the effectiveness of the vaccine, he says it varies year to year, but that it generally reduces your chances of getting the flu by 40 to 60 percent. 

Although there are nasal spray flu vaccinations, Dr. Nimeh says that the Centers for Disease Control recommends that people opt for the injections during the 2017-2018. 

In addition to the flu vaccinations, Dr. Nimeh has some other tips to avoiding the flu this year. “It’s a good idea to avoid close contact to people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth,” he says. 

 

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