Flu Season: Get Your Shot

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When the weather gets colder, flu season begins. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about how you can protect yourself and your family from the flu and other viruses, as well as about research into fighting viruses. There’s one key step to take in the fight against flu: getting vaccinated.

The peak season for flu is December through March, but now is the time to get your flu shot. It takes about two weeks to receive full immunity from the vaccination, so you need to get your shot by mid-November. Dr. James Luby, an infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a flu shot can help lower your chances of being infected, make the flu less severe if you do get infected and lower the risk for complications like pneumonia. It’s especially important for people in high-risk groups, including infants, the elderly or those with existing medical conditions, to be vaccinated, as well as those who live or work with people in high-risk groups.  


October 2011

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