If your family doesn’t get an annual flu vaccine, there’s a chance that at least one member of your household will fall ill with the flu virus. And as you’ll discover, the flu virus can spread quickly in households among family members. But even if you don’t get sick, you may have to care for a sick relative. This might be your child, spouse or a parent. For that matter, it’s important that you take measures to avoid becoming sick.
Unfortunately, once a member of your family is ill, it’s too late to protect yourself. Not that you can’t ask your doctor for the flu shot. Just know that it takes about two weeks for the shot to be effective against the virus – so you won’t receive immediate protection. That’s why in most cases the earlier you can get your flu shot to prepare yourself for flu season, the better.
Getting an antiviral doesn’t mean that sickness is inevitable. Speak with your doctor and he might write a prescription for a preventative antiviral. This medication can significantly reduce your risk of getting the flu. However, it must be taken within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to the virus.
Even with an antiviral, there are no guarantees. To protect yourself and family, it’s important to get a flu vaccine each year – regardless of how you feel about needles.
The vaccine is approved for adults and children over the age of six months. And since the shot offers 90% protection, it’s the best and most cost-effective way to avoid the flu and flu-related complications.