FDA Explains Why The Time Is Still Ripe For A Flu Shot

Posted on February 5, 2014

We always hope that citizens do whatever they can to protect themselves from the various dangers that are out there in the world.  One of the ways that people can take an interest in their own safety is by getting a flu vaccine, and even though we’re well into February, there are still some who may not have sought out such a thing yet.

Don’t delay any longer.  Lest you think it’s not worth it this late in the game, the Food and Drug Administration has come out with a consumer update focused on the importance of getting a flu shot even now.  The season doesn’t actually end until May, so you’ve still got plenty of time to reap the health benefits.

One of the reasons that a lot of people forego flu shots is because they don’t think they’re in the most susceptible demographics, namely the very young and the very old.  But this year, it would appear that your age wouldn’t be much protection if you’re in the young or middle aged demographics.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keep track of flu-related statistics, and this year, they’ve noted a spike in the number of people from those demos who have contracted the flu.

That means that this is the perfect time to get a flu shot if you have yet to do so.  And to further limit your exposure, make sure you’re sneezing into tissues, washing your hands, and taking antiviral medications should you contract influenza.

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