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How Does a Flu Shot Help Improve Your Immunity Against the Flu?

How Does a Flu Shot Help Improve Your Immunity Against the Flu?

Now that October has rolled around, there is probably one word you are hearing a lot more in daily conversation—flu! However, the flu doesn't have to be a part to your fall and winter season.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale wants you to know how you can take action against the flu, as well as treatment options that are available should the flu virus arrive.

What Steps Can You Take to Prevent the Flu Virus?

Your best defense against the flu is the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that nearly everyone age 6 months and older receive a flu shot each year.

You can also help protect yourself from the flu with basic hygiene habits like washing your hands regularly, not touching your face with your hands and regularly disinfected commonly touched surfaces. If you experience any flu symptoms, seek medical attention and steer clear of others to avoid passing on the virus.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Does the Flu Vaccine Cause the Flu?

No! This is a common misconception, but the flu shot contains only inactivated versions of the flu, so it cannot give you the flu. However, it does take two weeks for your body to build antibodies after getting the vaccine, so you may get the flu in that time period while your body is still unprotected.

If you get the flu, there are steps you can take to alleviate your discomfort and get back to feeling your best.

Treatment of the Flu

  • Take antiviral medication, if prescribed.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take OTC medications to help with individual symptoms.

Did you get your flu shot yet? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hartsdaletoday! No appointment is necessary!

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