Flu Season Has Arrived: Get Your Flu Shot!
Have you gotten your flu vaccine this season? If not, now's the time. Getting the flu vaccine is the best defense you can have in protecting yourself and your family from getting the flu and its possible complications that can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death.
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. The full protection from the flu shot takes up to 2 weeks to set in, so getting the vaccine early gives you the best protection and protects you all flu season.
Supplies of the vaccine are plentiful and available through health care providers and many pharmacies. Public Health Madison & Dane County offers free flu shots by appointment for adults and children without health insurance, and for children with Medical Assistance. To schedule an appointment, call (608) 266-4821.
The flu is not a stomach bug, and is much worse than a bad cold. It causes high fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and oftentimes many days of missed work or school. Young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older and people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are particularly vulnerable to the flu.
While the shot is the best protection against the flu, there are other ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu.