Living in the Paradise has its perks…fishing, friends, fun in the sun and flu shots. Wait a minute…flu shots?
It’s warm, sunny and beautiful in the Keys right now so you probably aren’t thinking about getting the flu. The Keys are a destination for people from all over the world. In addition to luggage, they bring their out-of-town germs with them. This makes us susceptible to the flu. And tourists, we care about you too, get your flu shot while on vacation and start building your immunity right away!
The following are frequently asked questions regarding getting your vaccination:
When should I get my shot? Now! It’s not too early to get your flu shot. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you get it by the end of October. And even then, it’s never too late to get one.
Where can I get my flu shot?
● Minute Clinics or pharmacies (found in Publix, Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy)
● Doctor’s Offices
● Health Department
What’s the difference between flu and a cold?
Colds usually last about one week and very rarely cause fevers. Symptoms are manageable and you are able to function doing daily tasks. The flu causes more severe cold symptoms, comes on quickly and almost always causes fever higher than 100 degrees. Flu can last up to three weeks and causes body aches.
Am I at risk for the flu?
Everyone is at risk for the flu, but some more than others. Those in the high-risk category include: children and infants; pregnant women; seniors; people with health conditions suppressing their immune system (cancer, etc); and people traveling (tourists!!).
Should I get the shot or the mist?
The Center for Disease Control is recommending everyone get the shot this year instead of the nasal mist.
Will the flu shot give me the flu? No. Everyone has a personal story or knows someone who swears they got the flu BECAUSE of the flu shot or mist, and this is just not accurate. You will not get sick from the flu vaccination. If you get ill, most likely you had already contracted whatever illness you developed.
Getting your flu shot not only protects you, it protects your family and friends, too. Like any vaccination, the more people in the area that get vaccinated, the fewer outbreaks we will have, and the stronger our Keys community is. So what are you waiting for?? Go get your FLU SHOT!!