With Fall in full swing and children back in school, it’s time once again to start thinking about getting a flu vaccine. As the strains of the flu vary from year to year and season to season, it is very important to remember to get the vaccine annually.
The flu vaccine is the most cost–effective and efficient way the general public can both avoid the flu, as well as dodge all upper respiratory illnesses, including the flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Flu shots decrease the severity and duration cold and flu symptoms.
As per normal for this time of year, colds and upper respiratory sinus infections are already making their rounds. If you have symptoms including severe headaches, nasal discharge, sore throat, cough congestion for more than a week, it is highly advised that you visit your primary care physician to get it checked out.
Take advantage of flexible scheduling available at Colorado Primary Health Care instead of waiting in lines or visiting urgent care to get your flu shot. If you haven’t experienced these symptoms (above), make sure to get your flu shot as soon as possible, as flu shots take roughly two weeks to become fully effective. Patients with medical conditions that increase the chance of catching the flu or decrease the body’s ability to fight infection should especially be mindful of getting flu shots early.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is very important to visit your Primary Care Physician, especially if your symptoms linger for more than a couple days. At Colorado Primary Health Care, not only can we provide immediate symptom relief, but we can help determine the underlying cause and provide antibiotics and other medications as necessary.