We’re just around the corner from the dreaded flu season (in the US, that’s October-May). As we all know, flu-like symptoms can creep up whenever. But does that mean you can technically get influenza…say, in the summer?
The short answer? Yup! In the last two weeks, of summer, we’ve had two positive cases of influenza in Cincinnati’s 1000 degree weather. So, yes, you can get the flu year round, although it’s much more common during the flu season in the winter and spring.
One reason you might be at risk is because your last year’s flu shot would have probably worn off by now (they typically last six to seven months).
There are ways to minimize your chances of getting influenza before this year’s flu shot becomes available—(which is typically, mid-September).
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Avoid sharing utensils and drinks with others. Stay home when sick. Be aware of touching stairway rails, subway poles, water fountains. Avoid touching your face and mouth. Get proper sleep. Stay hydrated.
And, because the flu is constantly changing, you definitely need to get the flu vaccine every single year—no exceptions. That’s because each year, the vaccine manufacturers try to create a batch that will provide even better protection than the previous year’s.
This year’s flu shot will be similar to last year’s, but we hope that every year it becomes a little bit better of a match. Sometimes there can be changes in the strains, but every year we try to have a better vaccine to the strains that are going around. But it can be hard to predict from year to year.
We see about the same number of influenza deaths every year as we see from car accidents. Although flu shots are not 100% effective, they’re about the same effectiveness as wearing a seatbelt in a car. So its something we encourage everyone to talk to their provider about getting.
Our flu shots will be arriving in the office in two weeks. Call or text to schedule your appointment now. (513) 685-8853