About 40 million people contracted the flu during the 2018-2019 season, with up to 20.1 million medical visits, over 500,000 hospitalized, and up to 61,000 deaths related to the flu, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
With the fall flu season just getting started, healthcare providers are already warning of a severe flu season and many areas across the country are already experiencing flu cases. Don’t procrastinate. Now is the best time to get your flu shot and stock up on medical supplies to get you through the winter.
The flu shot takes approximately two weeks before it is fully effective, and the CDC recommends that everyone 6-months or older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and vaccination is offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated annually.
The flu vaccine is recommended annually for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, the flu vaccine is reviewed and updated annually to keep up with changing flu viruses.
There are other preventative actions you can make to avoid the spread of germs. Try:
- Avoiding close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs can spread quickly this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
People are the most contagious up to four days after the illness starts. If you are sick with the flu, antiviral prescription drugs can be used to treat your illness. These medications can make the illness milder, shorten the time you are sick, and prevent serious flu complications.
Flu vaccines are offered in many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, and pharmacies. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacists at Rapps Pharmacy about getting the flu vaccine today. In addition to a wide array of medications to combat the flu, Rapps Pharmacy offers walk-in flu shots at a low cost, and free home prescription delivery to customers.
Visit Rapps Pharmacy on the web at: www.rappspharmacy.com or in person and mention TAPinto Plainfield sent you. They are conveniently located at:
611 Park Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 668-8630 (fax)
Source: Centers for Diseases Control and Protection