Influenza (flu) season is typically considered to be from October to May, with activity peaking in January or February. Currently, the CDC reports that there is widespread flu activity across the United States, with flu-like illnesses at high levels in over 30 states, including California.
How does this affect you?
With levels of flu activity remaining high this season, the likelihood of getting sick with the flu is also high. People with the flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Flu viruses mainly spread by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Furthermore, a person might get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. This means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected and have no symptoms, but are still able to spread the virus to others.
Since you aren’t always able to tell when the people around you or even yourself have the flu, it’s best to be proactive and get your flu vaccine. Flu vaccines can also reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations, and are especially important for people with chronic health conditions.
How to get your flu vaccine today!
Getting your flu vaccine is easy and comes at no out of pocket cost to you.
Call us at 714.462.8383 or schedule an appointment online with Henry Kaw M.D. Inc. in Fullerton to get your flu shot today, and make your health a priority.
Content Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html