Tis the season, it's flu immunization time.
We've heard people asking should I get a flu shot?
The Texas Department of Health Services recommends everyone six-months old and older receive the flu immunization. It is important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people living with chronic health conditions to get the flu vaccine. The people in this group are at more of a risk for severe complications if they are unable to prevent the flu.
The best way to prevent experiencing flu symptoms during flu season is by getting a flu shot.
Get your flu shot early in the flu season. The Texas Department of Health Services also urges people not to wait to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot as soon as possible.
The flu recovery time is approximately 5 days however, it varies greatly depending on a lot of different factors including your overall health. Help prevent the flu by washing your hands even more frequently with soap and water during the cold and flu season. Use hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not an option. Always cover your coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you’re sick and get plenty of rest so you have less of a chance of sharing your germs. Have a plan to care for sick family members at home.
Jackets, clothing, linens, utensils, and dishes used by those who are suffering from flu symptoms should never be shared without washing thoroughly first. Frequently touched surfaces, such as light switches and door knobs should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone has symptoms of the flu.
The flu is contagious and is spread person to person. It can be spread to others that are up to about six feet away. The flu can be spread by droplets made when people with the flu, cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets have a chance of landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. These droplets can also possibly be inhaled into the lungs and possibly cause the flu. There is also a chance that a person can get the flu by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth.
Unfortunately, you can infect other people with the flu beginning 1 day before you even experience the first flu symptom. You can also pass it to other people for up to 7 days after becoming sick. Children can pass the flu for more than 7 days. Since the flu is contagious and can be passed on to someone else even before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick and even after becoming sick, it is important to take time off work, school, cancel social activities and stay home.
Symptoms of the flu begin 1-4 days after you are exposed and the flu virus has entered your body. Fighting the flu requires time and energy.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and flu symptoms can include:
Where can I get a flu shot?
Kaner Medical Group
1305 Airport Freeway Suites 130 & 220
Bedford, Texas 76021
(located on the North East corner of Bedford Road and Highway 121)
When can I get the flu shot?
Weekly in August
Kaner Medical Group has flu vaccine availability now and offers you the choice of scheduling an appointment when it is best for you or to visit our walk-up flu station when it is most convenient for you.
Stop the spread of the flu, get your flu immunization as soon as possible.