Blog by Mark Wolfe, Customer Account Representative, GrandView Pharmacy

Though you might not believe it during the summer months, the Flu Season is just around the corner. It is less than 90 days away, so it might be important to begin thinking about getting a flu shot.

The flu season usually runs from October to May which are generally the cold weather months. Weather conditions in this time frame are optimal for the flu virus to survive and thrive, making it easy to transmit from one individual to another. Also, flu viruses are more stable and remain airborne longer during colder months. Not to mention, humans stay inside more often in cold weather making it much easier to spread the disease. (1).

The best way to protect one’s self against getting the flu is to get the flu shot. This is especially true if you are part of an at-risk group. The at-risk groups are usually defined as…

  • Infants and those individuals over the age of 65 years old
  • Anyone with a compromised immune system; either due to medical condition or taking certain medications
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition
  • Anyone who has regular contact with high-risk populations

The best time to get the flu shot is before the flu season begins. That means it is best to get immunized early, as it takes the vaccine 1-2 weeks for your body to develop antibody against influenza. In Indiana, the flu immunization season runs from the end of September through mid-November. If you are one who has an increased risk to complications from the flu, you are encouraged to get immunized sooner as to assure you are vaccinated before supply runs out, and so that they can trigger an immune response to the vaccine sufficiently before the likelihood of being exposed to the flu virus. (2)

We will be running this type story again as we get closer to flu season. If you have any questions or are concerned if obtaining a flu shot is the correct thing for you, ask your healthcare professional or inquire with your GrandView Pharmacy Consultant pharmacist to discuss the matter on a one-on-one basis.

References:
1. Talbot HK, Zhu Y, Chen Q, et al. Effectiveness of influenza vaccine for preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations in adults, 2011-2012 influenza season. Clin Infect Dis. 2013; 56(12): 1774-7.

2. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Feb 24, 2010 Advisory Committee on Immunizations

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