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The flu epidemic in the United States doesn’t begin until January and February. However, October is no stranger to flu season. We want to prepare you for the upcoming flu season by providing you with the best advice to prevent it.

Flu vaccines are an important treatment that can keep you happy and healthy from holiday season on. The flu vaccine is very safe and is recommended for all adults, children, and infants older than 6 months. The vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses which cause the body to create antibodies. As part of the immune system, these antibodies are able to protect against the virus. Also, because the viruses in the vaccine are inactivated, you cannot get the flu from the shot. However, you may experience mild symptoms of headache, soreness, or fever for a day or two after you receive the vaccine as your immune system works.

It takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to fully develop in your body, so immediately after you receive your vaccine it is still possible you may get the flu. Therefore, we recommend that you get your flu shot early in the fall well before flu season gets into full swing. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, but it is never too early to get a vaccine. The shot only protects you for one season though because the virus is constantly changing, so it is important to get a new vaccine before each flu season every year.

There are many ways you can help your immune system fight winter illnesses:
1. Exercise
2. Proper Diet
3. Vitamin C
4. Regularly Washing Your Hands

Related Services from Reddy Medical Group:
1. Flu Shots
2. Regular Check-Ups