Though we’re nearing the end of December, health officials say it’s not too late to get the flu shot as millions of people travel over the holidays.
Austin, Texas – The attached video was produced on December 13, 2022.
The first full week of December is taken into account National Flu Vaccination Weekbut local health officials want to remind community members that it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
As people travel over the holidays and attend more meetings, dr Ryan McCorkleemergency doctor at St David’s Medical Center, says the local area is still in the height of flu season. Doctors are encouraging members of the community to get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already.
“During my shift I’ve seen a lot of flu, I think the numbers are about 3% up on previous years because we’re isolating, masked and social distancing and so we haven’t had much flu season. Now we are gathering again and not wearing masks. So we’re seeing a big spike in flu numbers,” McCorkle said.
There is no cure for the flu. Instead, recovery from the flu focuses on supportive care, which includes controlling the fever and ensuring breathing. According to McCorkle, people with the flu can shorten the duration of their symptoms with Tamiflu or other medications, but the only real defense against the flu is to get vaccinated beforehand.
“Because it will take around two weeks for your immunity to be reached, the sooner you can get vaccinated the better, because chances are if you are traveling you will be at airports where you congregate , large family groups are being exposed,” McCorkle explained. “The sooner you can get vaccinated, the better for you and the better for your family members that you’ll be around.”
As of December 3, 156.42 millionDoses of the flu vaccine were distributed in the United States for the 2022-23 season. Currently, local healthcare providers are not seeing a vaccine shortage, but vaccine fatigue.
“They got their two shots. They’ve had a booster shot or two by this point, and some people just feel a bit tired from having to go back to the pharmacy to get another shot. So I know it’s difficult. I know that people don’t want to hear it and go back and get another shot. But that can keep you away from the hospital. It can protect you and your family member. As uncomfortable as it is, being sick with the flu for seven to 10 days is a lot more comfortable,” McCorkle said.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/health/its-not-too-late-to-get-a-flu-vaccine/269-7c892ab2-275d-4fb9-b780-23672ff27610 “It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine,” said one Texas doctor