The flu vaccine is now available at Webster’s Community Pharmacy. Stop by the pharmacy or give us call for information on how you can get the flu vaccine this season.
Vaccination is highly recommended to prevent a serious outbreak of the flu. Per the Los Angeles Times article by Roan, “Yearly vaccination is required even among people who got immunized last year and even though the strains targeted by the vaccine are the same. The effectiveness of the vaccine eventually wanes over the course of a year. However, people who are vaccinated now will still be protected through the first half of 2012. Flu season typically peaks in January or February.” Statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC makes every effort to make certain that “The influenza (flu) viruses selected for inclusion in the seasonal flu vaccines are updated each year based information about which influenza virus strains are identified, how they are spreading, and how well current vaccine strains protect against newly identified strains.” Since the flu is a virus that is ever evolving it’s prudent to keep up to date with yearly vaccinations.
Wash hands often – One of the simplest ways to keep you from getting sick this season is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, touch door knobs, use the restroom, work on the computer, and before you put anything in your mouth.
Strengthen your immune system – One of the best ways to keep your immunity working well is to get plenty of rest. This time allows the body to repair and rejuvenate itself as it builds T-cells. Regular exercise is another method to help promote a healthy immune system. Consuming fresh citrus fruits or taking vitamin C supplements help to boost the immune system, too.
Stay home if you get sick – Your body not only needs to rest to get better, but going to work or anywhere outside the home only helps to spread a flu outbreak. Avoid public areas as much as possible as a courtesy to others.
Sneeze into your elbow – Most were taught as children to sneeze into a closed hand or the palm of their hand. Now researches know that the best way to keep droplets of fluids from spraying in every direction is to sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
Snuggle later – Whether you are sick or someone else is, make sure you avoid close contact to keep from spreading the flu “love” to each other.
Ask our pharmacist for more information about the flu virus and our available vaccines.