Imagine for a moment that you’ve just purchased your dream home – a 5,000 square foot beauty overlooking a gorgeous inlet of a majestic lake. After purchasing such a beautiful home, sometimes changing the air filter is the last thing to come to mind. It can take weeks of dusting, sneezing and coughing before realizing that your air filter needs to be changed!
Unfortunately, the flu shot and our attitude toward it is a lot like the air filter in our little daydream. Flu season tends to sneak up on us every year. Summer produces a sort of deep but comfortable daze brought on by tall glasses of lemonade and hours by the pool. Then, all of a sudden, school starts, kids and adults gather indoors, germs spread and flu season is here.
How can we break this sickening cycle? Be proactive and use your best defense against the flu – the flu shot! And because the vaccine takes about 2 weeks in the body to establish full protective capacity, getting the vaccine before flu season reaches its peak (generally November to March) is your best bet to avoid becoming another patient at your doctor’s office.
This time of year is busy enough with the start of school and the upcoming holiday season, so get vaccinated early to prevent common flu symptoms such as body aches, fever/chills, runny nose, cough, sore throat and fatigue.
This flu season, don’t wait to stop by a Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy location to get your flu shot. Vaccination against the flu is an easy and important duty for you and your family. In addition to the flu vaccine, please visit with your pharmacist to discuss other vaccines that are important. At Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy, we’re giving more ways to have “Wellness Delivered.”
Matt Baker, PharmD
Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy – Lufkin, TX