Preventing the flu

Which flu shot is right for you?

Which flu shot is right for you?

Seasonal influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and flu infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick and spread it to others.

“The seasonal flu season in Kentucky and Indiana can begin as early as October and last as late as May,” said Soraya P. Nasraty, M.D., MMM, family medicine physician. “During this time, flu viruses are circulating among communities. The best way to reduce the chance of getting and spreading the flu virus is to get a flu shot.”

Children and adults should get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available. To make it easier and less scary for those who are afraid of needles, new vaccination methods are available. Just about everyone is a candidate for at least one type of flu vaccine.

Each type of vaccine can cause mild side effects, from injection site pain to nausea, runny nose and sneezing, but most last only a day or two.

“When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through our community.” Dr. Nasraty said. “Do your part to stay well and help others stay well.”


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