- Anyone who wants a flu shot should try to get it by the end of October, but you can get it all season.
- Babies can get the flu shot, too, starting at 6 months, experts say.
- Have any of these health professionals had the flu? Yes, of course.
Fever, chills, boxes of tissues, a bottle of ibuprofenSoft drinks, flannel shirts and fleece blankets. It may be warm outside but flu season It sneaks up on us in Ohio and Kentucky and many of us want to know how best to avoid it and what to expect.
We asked some public health leaders in our area, a trainee nurse And area doctors about flu vaccines and more (including if they’ve had the flu because misery loves company, right?).
Here are the ones we heard from:
- Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner.
- Dr. Mary Carol Burckhardt, MD, is a pediatrician and associate director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
- Dr. Jennifer Forrester, MD, assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and associate medical chair at UC Health.
- Katrina Fernandez, Certified Nurse from Mercy Health – Delhi Primary Care.
- Julian Nisbet, Claremont County Public Health Commissioner.
This is what they said.
Question: When is the flu really?
Custerman: In general, we consider the flu season to be fall and winter. Here in Hamilton County, that often means October (or) November through March, but we’ve definitely seen the flu through May.
Burckhardt: Most of the time, the flu peaks between December and March, but the flu can come on as early as October and last into the spring. This is very difficult to predict and can vary from year to year. The influenza virus spreads throughout the year, but is more common during those winter months.
Fernandez: This is no different! In tropical and subtropical regions of the world, the seasonality of influenza is not well defined, and influenza is known to spread throughout the year. Here in the United States (and in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere) flu season occurs in the fall and winter.
Q: Would you say that everyone needs a flu shot to avoid the flu?
Custerman: Everyone 6 months and older…with rare exception. Vaccination is especially important for people in Increased risk of serious influenza Multiples.
Burckhardt: Yes, of course! Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older.
Rest of the group: Yes, anyone 6 months of age and older.
Q: I am busy. When do I need a flu shot?
Custerman: Center for Disease Control (CDC)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) by the end of October… (But) there is no “necessity” for influenza vaccinations. They are not mandated, and you can get them as early or as late in the flu season as you like.
Burckhardt: It’s perfect for getting a flu shot in the fall. However, if there is a delay, … getting a flu shot later in the winter is not a problem and will still provide protection for the remaining flu season.
Forrester Corporation: The earlier you get it, the sooner you are protected. But, the more you can get it, the more you should get it.
Q: Can you get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster at the same time?
Forrester Corporation: I didn’t get my COVID and flu vaccines at the same time, but others in my family did and felt fine. Only a sore arm instead of one.
Burckhardt: yes. There is no problem with this. Save yourself a visit and get it together!
More: Booster dose, flu shot at the same time?The study shows whether there are any adverse effects to expect from getting the flu vaccine, COVID-19 MRNA Booster, at the same time.
Q: When, if I get the flu? How do you think you caught it?
Burckhardt: I was a year late getting my flu shot as a college student, and I didn’t think about preparing in advance and getting busy with my life. My guess is I found out he lives in a dorm and is around a lot of people. I remember lying in bed not wanting to move due to fever and body aches, but I also know I had a huge final exam that I needed to get to! I discussed what to do, but I rolled out of bed and took this test. I have been very proactive in getting an early flu shot since that experience!
Nesbit: I was diagnosed with the flu last year even after vaccination, but it was a mild case without any complicated symptoms.
Fernandez: I was probably 22 at the time, working in the emergency department. You do your best to protect yourself from exposure to viruses, bacteria, blood, saliva, and strange colored fluids, but it’s a hospital. I used personal protective equipment as needed, washed my hands frequently, and was due to get my flu shot within the next two weeks. But here I am, drenching a cold sweat as I hung up an IV bag.
Forrester Corporation: I’ve had the flu several years ago, probably in my thirties. My muscles hurt all over, I had a headache that lasted several days and was very tired. It wasn’t just a ‘bad cold’. However, I wasn’t sick enough to need to go to the hospital.
Q: What is the “worst” flu symptom for you?
Burckhardt: Personally, I think body aches are the most annoying symptom. But perhaps the worst symptom of influenza is respiratory distress, which is what leads to the most hospitalizations and deaths from influenza.
Nesbit: “I think the ‘worst’ symptoms can vary from person to person, but overall, feeling low with body aches and upper respiratory symptoms was the worst for me.Fernandez: The worst symptoms of influenza are shortness of breath and chest tightness. I have mild primary asthma and a bout of a severe cold or flu could turn over.
Forrester Corporation: The muscle aches were severe and in apparently every muscle in my body. I couldn’t feel comfortable at all. Fortunately, this was the worst symptom I had, but then again, I was able to recover quickly at home.
Q: How do I avoid spreading the flu?
Custerman: The most important thing you can do is stay home when you are sick.
Burckhardt: Please don’t be like me on the college final exam! Stay home when you are sick. Wash your hands regularly and practice good hand hygiene. Limit attendance at crowds and large events.
Fernandez: The first major way influenza is transmitted is droplets. This means coughing, sneezing, talking, or breathing. The second method is through direct contact such as shaking hands or touching your nose, mouth or eyes after touching a contaminated surface.
Q: What do you think is the most important thing people should know about influenza?
Custerman: While most of us treat the flu as an annual nuisance, in some cases the flu can make you really sick. This is especially true for the young, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses and problems with the immune system. The flu can also negatively affect pregnancy.
Burckhardt: People need to know two really important things. First, influenza is easily preventable by getting a flu shot. Second, although many people get the flu and recover, there are some who don’t. Serious complications and death can occur, which is difficult to accept when we know that prevention through vaccination is possible.
Fernandez: Please know that It’s a myth that anyone can get the flu by getting the flu vaccine. Immunizations are made from inactivated or weakened (live attenuated) viruses that cannot cause disease.
Nesbit: Different strains of influenza spread each yearTherefore, it is important to vaccinate annually. It is also necessary to think about the protection of others. Healthy adults may not be concerned about getting the flu, but if they have been in contact with infants, the elderly, or loved ones who have compromised immunity, they should be vaccinated to protect them.
Forrester Corporation: The mortality rate for most flu strains is lower than for COVID, but the illness can be worse than some types of COVID for some people. Plus, the flu can keep you frustrated and out for about a week or so, which is plenty of time outside of work, school, athletics, or other fun events.
Q: Have you received a flu shot yet? Are they even available?
Custerman: Flu vaccines are available. (my) is on the agenda very soon!
Nesbit: Yes, on Tuesday, at the same time as the COVID-19 bivalent booster shot.
Fernandez: I’m planning on getting the flu shot along with my next COVID booster to save me downtime. The 2022-2023 flu vaccines are now available at primary care offices and local pharmacies, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead to make an appointment.
Forrester Corporation: I plan to get it next week when I have more free time.
(Oh, and if your child is worried about needles, or if you are, There is a nasal spray, very. We’ve heard it might be a little trickier to find, but it’s right there. It is only recommended for those between the ages of 2 and 49.)
What is it: the flu? the cold? Corona virus disease? Allergy?Symptoms of these diseases may be similar.
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