Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

By: Dr. Bykowsky

Have you gotten your flu shot yet this year? It is certainly not too early to get it as the flu has started to sweep through Lexington and Richland counties. In fact, DHEC has just confirmed the first death in SC due to flu for the 2012-13 flu season. As many as 30,000 Americans die yearly from complications of the flu.

It takes about two weeks to develop immunity after the vaccine. Contrary to some peoples’ perception, you cannot get the flu from the injected flu vaccine. We still have limited availability of the flu vaccine in all three of our offices.

For more on influenza and the flu vaccine, go to the SC DHEC website at http://www.scdhec.gov/flu/



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