The Fall season is here, and so is the beginning of our flu season in the Northwest. According to the KING COUNTY website:
Influenza spreads readily from person to person in schools, workplaces and homes. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu vaccine to prevent sickness, healthcare visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from influenza.
Protection lasts throughout the flu season, which usually peaks in January or February and continues into the spring. Some children and adults may be eligible to receive nasal spray flu vaccine.
- BEST ‘FREE’ Flu Shot Locations (Yelp) HERE
In most cases, if you just want to pop in to your local drugstore (like BARTELLS) you can even get one there.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
What flu vaccines are recommended this season?
For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).
Options this season include:
- Standard dose flu shots. These are given into the muscle. They are usually given with a needle, but two (Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given to some people (those aged 18 through 64 years) with a jet injector.
- High-dose shots for older people.
- Shots made with adjuvant for older people.
- Shots made with virus grown in cell culture.
- Shots made using a vaccine production technology (recombinant vaccine) that does not require the use of flu virus.
- Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – or the nasal spray vaccine – is also an option for use during the 2018-2019 season for persons whom it is otherwise appropriate.
If shots aren’t your thing, then perhaps you may want to pay more attention to your diet as some say there are foods to eat to help prevent flu and colds (HERE).
And, if you have a yummy ‘comfort food’ or soup recipe for when you are ‘down’. As always, feel free to pass that along:)