flu season

What You Need to Know This Flu Season

At the Seminole Family Health Clinic near Largo we know that flu season can be stressful. You have finally gotten everyone back into the rhythm of school and now your children, or even you or your spouse, is sick. Not only does this mean taking off days from work and school, but the flu virus can be serious without timely treatment. That is why a yearly immunization is so important. To help you learn more, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions at our clinic.

When is Flu Season?

Running from October to May, the virus is at its strongest here in Largo from December through February.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The easiest way to stay healthy this season is to visit your local family health clinic to receive a flu shot. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated around October, so as many residents as possible are fully protected when the virus hits its peak. Since it can take up to two weeks for you to become fully immunized, it is better to do it sooner than later.

In the meantime, everyday actions like regular hand washing and staying away from sick people will help prevent the spreading of germs.

Are There Different Types of Vaccinations?

For those who don’t like needles, recently more and more health professionals have been offering the nasal spray vaccine, as well as the traditional injection. If you are uncomfortable around needles, or have children who are, talk to your doctor in Largo about receiving the nasal spray instead.

What if I Get Sick?

If you do come down with the flu, visit us at the Seminole Family Health Clinic as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs are at their most effective when taken within 48 hours of when you first began to feel sick. Quick medical treatment can mean the difference between staying home sick on the couch and needing to go to the hospital for treatment.

How Can I Protect My Family?

Getting everyone vaccinated as soon as possible is crucial, especially for those who are at a higher risk of contracting it. Children who are between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old will actually need two doses of the medication to be protected, so make sure to call your Largo family health clinic to set up an appointment as soon as you can.

Stay Healthy with the Seminole Family Health Clinic

Helping residents of Largo, Seminole, and beyond, our family health clinic is your go to choice for this season’s vaccines and medications. Visit us today to learn more about how to keep your family healthy!