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While getting the flu shot every flu season is always a good idea, it’s even more important to get it this year because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on people’s health. Influenza causes serious health problems that can cause death. The virus continues to mutate every year so it’s hard to know how it’s going to affect every person who gets it. For this reason, the experts recommend getting an influenza shot each fall.

Dr. John Abroon offers influenza vaccinations at his busy medical office. The vaccine is given in a shot to protect you against the influenza virus that wreaks havoc on people throughout flu season by creating beneficial antibodies effective around two weeks after your shot was given. The flu shot is meant to be life-saving and keep you from being down for the count with the flu.

Everyone should get their flu shot this year, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children 6 months and older need to get a flu vaccine every year as well as the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

It’s difficult to know how the coronavirus will impact this year’s flu season. According to CDC Director Robert Redfield, “This is a critical year for us to try to take flu as much off the table as we can.” You can get your flu shot in late September or early October so that you will be prepared for the flu season when it hits as flu vaccines typically work for six months. Also, remember that it takes a couple of weeks for the antibodies to be in full effect.

Symptoms of Influenza:

  • Sudden fatigue
  • Body aches and headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach problems
  • Congestion
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Chest pain
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Sneezing

If you have any questions about getting your flu shot this year or want to come in and get your flu vaccine in New York, New York, please call our medical office today at 212-288-0900. Dr. Abroon and our team look forward to helping you weather the storms that come with the flu season. Your health is important to us!