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Q: How does protection from the flu start with me?

Posted September 04, 2013 in Advice Column, Perry

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chance of getting the seasonal flu.  It also helps prevent the spread of flu to others.

It is recommended that everyone age 6 months and older receive the seasonal flu vaccine. It is especially important for people who are at high risk for developing complications from the flu — including anyone with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease, pregnant women and people age 65 years and older — to receive the vaccine. Children age 6 months to 5 years should also receive the vaccine to help protect against the seasonal flu and potentially severe complications.

Don’t delay. It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, so you are encouraged to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, typically in late September or early October. Before getting the flu vaccine this year, be sure to check with your health care provider to make sure you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

For more information regarding the seasonal flu vaccine, contact any health care provider to ensure you are able to receive the vaccination as well as getting protected before the flu season takes affect.

Call Mercy Family Care – Perry (515) 465-3553 or visit

Information provided by Mercy Family Care – Perry, 616 10th St., 465-2575.

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