Every year, more than 30 million people in the United States visit their doctor to get treatment for the flu. Though common, you may be able to prevent getting this viral infection by getting your flu shot. The team at Fulshear Family Medicine, based in Katy, Texas, which includes Heidi Schultz, MD, and Bin Sung, MD, FAAP, provides the flu shot for children and adults every year. Call the Fulshear, Texas, office today or click the online booking button to schedule your vaccination.
The flu is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that can cause a range of symptoms. Common symptoms include:
Though symptoms can vary, for some people the virus can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening symptoms, such as respiratory distress that requires hospitalization.
The flu shot is a vaccine that may protect you from getting the flu or minimize the severity of your symptoms to prevent life-threatening complications. The vaccine contains tiny amounts of weakened or dead influenza germ and when injected into your body activates your immune system to develop antibodies that fight the infection without actually making you sick.
Everyone six months and above should get an annual flu shot. It's especially important for those who are at greater risk of developing complications if infected with the flu virus, which includes children, seniors, and those with a weakened immune system.
However, the flu shot may not be recommended if you're allergic to any of the components in the shot or you have a history of an allergic reaction to the vaccine. The team at Fulshear Family Medicine can help you determine if you’re not a good candidate for the flu shot during a consultation.
You should plan on getting your flu shot prior to the start of flu season, which usually begins in the fall. It’s generally recommended that you get your flu shot during the first two weeks of October as it takes you body about two weeks to build up antibodies to fight off the viral infection.
However, you shouldn't skip the vaccine if flu season has already started. Getting your flu later than recommended may still protect you from getting sick.
There are two reasons you need to get your flu shot annually. First, your immunity to the flu decreases over time and the annual shot keeps your immune system as strong as possible. Second, the flu virus is highly adaptable and always changing. Your annual flu vaccine protects you from the flu virus suspected to be the most common during the current flu season.
To schedule your flu shot, call Fulshear Family Medicine or click the online booking button today.