Most years, flu season lasts approximately 13 weeks, starting in October or November—generally reaching its apex in January or February—then, tapering off through the end of April and sometimes May. The basic rule of thumb is to get vaccinated by the end of October. That gives antibodies in the immune system the four-to-six weeks they need to reach full strength just ahead of the arrival of three-to-four-month-long winter season.
The best defense is a good offense. The CDC reports nearly 3.5 billion doses of vaccines were administered in the U.S. between 2006 and 2017. And yet, the implied financial impact hardly scratches the surface of how valuable prevention efforts can be. Some estimates suggest every $1 invested in flu shot preparation translates to as much as $10 in societal value, as well as several million fewer deaths around the world.
Prevention is the most effective way to stay healthy
Who can get the flu shot?
The flu shot is typically administered on the arm (muscle) with a needle. Everyone 6 months or older should get the flu shot each year to prevent getting the virus, however for Benzer’s Immunization Program you must be 12 years or older to be eligible.
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Walk-ins are always welcome
Most major insurances accepted
Always use an ounce (or more) of protection. If you can stop the spread of germs before it starts, you’ll put yourself that much more ahead of the game. In that regard, making a regular habit out of using hand sanitizers and keeping surfaces in the home clean are prerequisites of every flu survival strategy.
Nothing to fear, but the flu itself. Although a voluntary needle-poke in the arm isn’t on anyone’s wish list, there are more than enough good reasons to not decline it. Healthy people who haven’t had the flu in years might think they are immune to its return. On one hand, that’s true—but it only applies to the particular strain of the virus they had in the past—not the ones that continue to mutate and strengthen year-after-year.
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• Clear information about medications – as relates to their specific circumstances
• Support for regimens (especially complex and/or involving multiple components)
• Pursue health and wellness with a trusted, local provider who
• Knows the patient, including history and unique circumstances
• Can provide individualized support for better outcomes
• Access affordable pricing for medications (especially meds not covered by insurance or available in generic form)