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Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

As the fall approaches, we have to start thinking about protecting ourselves and our families against winter diseases. Mostly because the weather isn’t changing, we remember this when it’s too late. Here’s your guide to approaching the matter in an informed, organized and efficient way: Think ahead It takes 10 to 14 days following any vaccination before the immune response and subsequent protection kick in. That is why most countries start immunizing in the early autumn. The peak epidemic season starts before mid-November, and the season usually ends at the end of May the following year. The defense provided by the shot is projected to last for at least one flu season. As October approaches, make sure to plan your vaccinations in the early days of fall to make sure you are protected throughout the winter. Check if you’re in the high-risk group for the flu Getting a yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone. But specific groups of people have the potential to suffer more significantly than others when they contract influenza, and they are encouraged to get a flu shot in September or October of each year to avoid being infected, as well as avoid the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. The flu shot is especially recommended for: People with cystic fibrosis People with heart disease Children and teenagers on aspirin therapy People with asthma, or any chronic respiratory illness People with compromised or suppressed immune systems Adults with chronic diseases Pregnant women Health care workers People over the age of 65 People living in nursing homes and retirement homes, or anywhere that an influenza infection would spread...

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