Flu Shot Facts and Myths

Flu Shot Facts and Myths from Chester County Hospital

Flu season has arrived in Chester County, PA! Are you avoiding the flu shot because you think it will make you sick? Charleen Faucette, MT, Director of Infection Prevention at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA, debunked that myth, and shared information about this year's upcoming flu season with Today's 101.1 MORE-FM Morning Show. Listen to the interview below.

Flu season runs October 1 - March 30. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks to develop immunity after having the vaccine administered.

You can also incorporate the following tips into your daily activities to reduce your risk of contracting influenza:

  1. Wash your hands. Washing your hands is the first and most important step in staying healthy.
  2. Avoid being around people who are obviously sick or who tell you they have the flu.
  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Get enough sleep, eat well – give your body the best chance at having a robust immune system so that it can fight off illness.
  4. If you do find yourself sick and you don't feel better in a day or two – call your health care provider to ensure you aren’t developing a secondary infection that could put you at risk of serious complications.

 


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