Protect yourself and others with a flu vaccine
11/24/2015 3:48 PM
Flu activity peaks between December and February, but seasonal outbreaks can happen as early as October and last as late as May. The only way you can prevent the flu is to be vaccinated.
Although many don’t realize it, the flu is a very serious respiratory virus that can affect anybody regardless of their age or state of health. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, sinusitis and ear infections. People die from the flu every year.
The flu vaccine is safe and effective. The Center for Disease Control recommends people 6 months old and older get the flu vaccine each year. Getting a flu shot is great for protecting yourself, but it’s also important for keeping your family, co-workers and friends safe because the flu is highly contagious.
For more useful health tips, visit Central Texas Medical Center’s YouTube channel.
About the Author
Lenore DePagter, DO, is the physician practice administrator for Live Oak Health Partners. She also provides acute care and occupational medicine services at the Live Oak Walk-In Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.