Presently, the Family Practice of the Kennebunks office does not have the flu vaccine in stock. In the meantime, we suggest you visit a local pharmacy for your 2019 flu shot.
The start of the flu season is unpredictable but the Center for Disease Control encourages immunization by the end of October. The flu vaccine is designed to protect as many people as possible, so the earlier the better. Please don’t wait until after the Holidays because you’ll likely get the flu when you visit friends and relatives. But, if you do somehow manage to avoid getting the flu and still want a flu shot you can get immunized through the winter months.
One thing to keep in mind is it takes about two weeks to build immunity after your flu shot.
Since influenza can be a very serious illness, young children, adults ages 65 and over, and those with underlying health conditions, or pregnant women should get immunized.
The Center for Disease Control recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It depends on how well the flu strains in the vaccine match the strains in circulation and the overall health of the person getting vaccinated. We do know that immunized people are less likely to be hospitalized with the flu.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant to offer medical advice.