Flu season is here — You can still get vaccinated

It’s turning out to be a particularly virulent flu season, with the number of cases up dramatically in just the last few weeks. But there’s still time to get a flu shot.

Your Providence practice has the  flu vaccine now — Click here for a list of Family Medicine and Pediatric practices.

Remember, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

How long will flu activity last and when will it peak?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks between December and February.

  

Which flu vaccine should I get?
There are three options available that we recommend you consider:
•  A quadrivalent normal dose vaccine available for patients aged 6 months and older.
•  A trivalent high dose available for patients age 65 years of age and older.
•  A quadrivalent intradermal normal dose for those who may be afraid of needles—for patients between the ages of 18 and 64.

Any of these options are acceptable within their approved age ranges. The Center for Disease Control and prevention recommends that nasal spray flu vaccine NOT be used.

Can I get vaccinated and still get the flu?
Yes. It’s possible to get sick with the flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test). Here’s why:

•  You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated, or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after vaccination. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you— remember, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and provide flu.
•  You may be exposed to a flu virus strain that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.

For additional information about the flu visit the current flu page at the CDC website.