On the first day of flu season my pharmacist gave to me … a very successful flu vaccines.

As the weather gets colder, the flu becomes a serious problem. The influenza virus thrives in the fall and winter, when the air is cold , immune systems are weak, and people are cooped up inside. Preventative measures can help prevent the spread of the virus:

• Wash hands with soap and hot water before eating and after using the restroom.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, not your hand.
• Do not share drinks or food.
• Keep children out of contaminated areas when possible.
• Clean your house and office every week.

But the best way to prevent the flue is get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being vaccinated for the flu can make an individual up to 60% less likely to contract the virus. Further, the vaccine is known to decrease the intensity of the flu if symptoms do appear. Especially for children and senior adults, whose immune systems are weaker, the risk of hospitalization from flu is significantly lower than those who go unvaccinated.

Most pharmacists can provide a flu vaccine. At Byrd-Watson Pharmacy, we take pride in providing timely, affordable care by administering the flu vaccine during flu season.

Make your first day of flu season as happy as the song … get vaccinated today.

Article by Jase Lucas / Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Byrd-Watson