Thursday, September 24, 2015

Flu Prevention

Each year, approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the Influenza virus and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Some individuals, including the elderly, young children, and those with certain health conditions, are at greater risk for serious flu complications.

The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the most important step in protecting against the flu. Ask your health care provider when they will be receiving the flu vaccine to ensure you are protected before flu season begins.

 “The flu vaccine allows antibodies to develop in the body approximately two weeks after patients receive it,” explained Jason Golbin, DO, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of St. Catherine of Siena. “These antibodies help provide protection against infection with the viruses in the vaccine.”

In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you should take steps such as washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you have the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others. Click on the link to view the CDC’s fact sheet for advice on how to prevent the spread of germs: Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu.

Speak to your physician if you are having health issues. Visit to find a doctor near you.