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Health TIP: Seasonal Flu has returned. Are You Ready?

(Posted December 1, 2020)

by Barbara Stahura

Seasonal Flu began circulating in the New York City area in November. Flu may be prevalent until April, so it’s not too late to benefit from an annual flu shot. 

If you are over 65, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the vaccines specially formulated for older patients - Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad High Dose- are right for you. It takes about two weeks after immunization for the vaccine to become effective, so don’t wait.

Vaccination may reduce your chances of getting the flu by up to 60%. Since some symptoms of seasonal flu are identical to initial Covid-19 symptoms, a seasonal flu vaccination could help you avoid the anxiety and inconvenience of Covid-19 testing.

As many as 45 million Americans get sick from the flu each season. Getting a flu shot protects you, and everyone in contact with you, from the flu—which is more important than ever this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   

For additional information on flu vaccination, symptoms, and treatment, updated regularly throughout the flu season, visit the CDC Flu Index below.


Material from, 14:32:30 January 26, 2021.
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