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It’s Time for the Flu Vaccine

White Plains Hospital

September 14, 2018

It’s Time for the Flu Vaccine

Is it too early to start talking about the flu vaccine? The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t think so.

Recently a plane from Dubai landed at JFK with a number of passengers exhibiting flu-like symptoms. This caught many off guard.  The flu is generally considered to be a winter disease. However, air travel is increasingly bringing people from the southern hemisphere, where it is winter, to northern countries. This should increase our year-round awareness of this illness.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reminds us that flu seasons are unpredictable – in their length and their severity. Because of this, he recommends that almost everyone should be vaccinated.

So when is the best time to be vaccinated? Michael Zuckman, MD, Internal Medicine specialist with White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk, suggests, “As early in the season as possible.” While the shot can take up to two weeks to take effect, “The earlier it is given, the longer the potential period of protection from infection and spread of illness.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging parents of children six months and older to call their pediatrician and have their children vaccinated before Halloween.

The flu vaccine, together with normal precautions like frequent washing of hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and not going to work or school when ill, can help to keep all of us healthier over the coming months.

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