Important Flu Prevention Information You Need To Know

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The first case of flu has already been reported in Fort Worth and doctors are saying now is the time to learn some new things about flu prevention and get your shot. Doctors like JPS’s Vitaly Golub know there can be serious consequences when the flu season arrives.

“It ranges from anywhere to where a person takes a day or two off of work, to where they are critically ill and need to be in the ICU with a machine that’s breathing for them,” he said.  “And, once you’ve had that experience that kind of opens your eyes.”

Dr. Golub is an infectious disease expert. He says the flu shot takes a couple of weeks to be effective so it’s best to get it now. And if you’re over 65-years-old there is a new, high dose shot to better protect you.

“Let’s say someone had the flu shot in September and they get exposed around March, April, they may get sick if you’re 65 years and older,” Dr. Golub said. “So, this prompted them to look at a higher dose flu vaccines and this is what’s recommended for adults over 65.

Pediatrician Justin Smith with Cook Children’s said for most adults and kids, though, a single shot now should last long enough to beat the flu.

“The studies that we see don’t show any waning in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine,” Dr. Smith said. “So if you get it early you are good for the whole season.”

And there is important news about those nasal sprays kids and adults alike seem to prefer her over the needle.  The Centers for Disease Control says this year you’ll have to face the needle to fight off the flu.

“Unfortunately, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics has said no to the nasal flu vaccine this year,” Dr. Smith said. “It just has shown over the last three years not to be as effective and so they are recommending the injection of all vaccine.”

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