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Fall Begins, Flu Season Follows

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
First Day of the Fall Season

First Day of the Fall Season

Today is the first day of the fall season, ushering in gorgeous foliage, crisp air and a reminder to get your annual flu shot (if your doctor approves). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted helpful information about protecting yourself and your family against infection by the influenza virus. Although most influenza activity peaks in January or later, seasonal outbreaks can occur as early as October.

The nurse who administered my flu shot advised that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the influenza virus. So it is best to get vaccinated early in the season before the flu begins to spread. The vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will be infected with the flu and spread it to others.

Dr. Oz reported that 77 per cent of people infected with the flu virus did not experience flu symptoms and that last winter the flu sent nearly 18,000 Americans to the hospital. He also reported that 60 per cent of American adults fail to obtain their recommended annual flu vaccine. So it is a good idea to inform your employees about the CDC’s recommendations for the flu vaccine so that they can discuss the vaccination option with their physicians. And helpful websites, such as the CDC’s FluView and Flu Near You, monitor and report local outbreaks so you can see if the flu is spreading in your area. (But don’t wait until it spreads in your community to get vaccinated; remember it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective.)