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Flu season is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the flu. One of the most effective ways to do this is by getting a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines help the body’s immune system to produce antibodies that can protect against the flu virus. This can reduce the risk of getting the flu, as well as the severity of the illness if you do get it.

As you know, it’s important to get a flu vaccine every year, as the strains of the flu virus can change from year-to-year. The flu vaccine is typically available in the fall, and it’s recommended that everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated. Several types of flu vaccines are available, including a standard flu shot and a nasal spray vaccine. Your healthcare provider here at Horizon Family Medical Group can help you determine which type of vaccine is best for you based on your age, health, and other factors.

If you do happen to get the flu, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While the flu is usually a self-limiting illness that will resolve on its own, certain treatments can help shorten the length of the illness and decrease its severity. For example, antiviral medications can be used to treat the flu and can be most effective when started within the first two days of symptoms.

It’s also important to take care of yourself while you have the flu. This includes getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to stay hydrated, and avoiding contact with others to prevent the spread of the illness. It’s also a good idea to avoid going to work or school until you are no longer contagious. It’s important to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. If you do happen to get the flu, don’t try to “muscle through” it without medical attention.

Seeking medical attention and following the recommended treatment may help shorten the length of the illness and decrease its severity. Remember, the flu can be serious and can even lead to hospitalization or death, especially in high-risk individuals such as young children, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions. Take precautions and seek medical attention if needed to stay healthy and flu-free this season.