STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Flu season is quickly approaching, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to protect yourself and others against the illness is to get vaccinated.
It’s better to get the vaccine sooner than later before it begins to spread around your community, according to the CDC.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.
“Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death,” the CDC said. “Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year.”
The CDC recommends people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial, and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, into January or later.
Children who need two doses of the vaccine to be protected should start the process sooner — as two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
It is unknown when exactly flu season will begin, but activity begins to increase in October. Peak activity usually occurs between December and February.
“An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu,” the CDC said. “Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”
Those with egg allergies can receive any licensed, recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine, and no longer have to be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine.
People with severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.