There's more to fall than the start of school, pretty leaves and pumpkin spice. Fall actually is the best time to get vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.
That early protection is even more important this year, Margie says.
"Because we're just the opposite season-wise, our flu season is a pretty good reflection of the Southern hemisphere, which typically sees flu cases start in April or May and ends in June and July. This year, however, they saw cases as early as March, and they saw three times the normal number of flu cases," Margie says.
Plus, the strain circulating was the A strain H3N2, which changes often, making it difficult to perfect the vaccine. When H3N2 is the predicted strain, the flu season usually starts earlier and makes more people sick.
You can get your flu shot at your healthcare provider's office. Just give the office a call to make an appointment. If you have questions about the flu vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider's office.
You should not get your flu shot at these clinics if you:
You must present a photo ID to receive an immunization.
For more information, call FHN Community Services at 815-599-7437.
Listen to Margie Kochsmier, MSN, RN, CMSRN, FHN Infection Control, discuss what you can to do prevent and treat the seasonal flu on Dial-a-Doc.