Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Dr. Harsha Ramchandani Chief Medical Officer

By Dr. Harsha Ramchandani
Chief Medical Officer

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Flu Shots: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Children

As October rolls around, so does the flu season. Every year is different, but the flu affects millions of people each year in varying severity. Questions crop up each year about the flu and I hear a lot of confusion and misinformation about the virus and vaccine. Some common questions and myths I hear include:

  • “I never get the flu, so why should I get the flu shot?”
  • “I had the flu last year and it wasn’t that bad.”
  • “I don’t want to get the flu from the vaccine.”

Influenza is a serious infectious disease that can lead to hospitalization and death.  Protect yourself by getting a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended for vaccination every year.

The vaccine kick starts the body’s developing antibodies, which protects against capturing the flu virus. Each year a new seasonal vaccine is created to target the exact flu strain that’s passed around. Once taken, the vaccine takes about two weeks to take effect.

It’s important to get the vaccine before the flu begins spreading in your community. With a two-week incubation, it’s possible to get the vaccine and still get the flu because of contact within two weeks. The CDC recommends getting the vaccine before the end of October.

To best serve the Fremont area and our 25,000 patients, Tri-City Health Center offers the flu immunization each year at an affordable cost. To schedule an appointment, call 510.770.8040.

For more information on the benefits of the flu shot, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm