If you’ve ever suffered through the flu, then you know how much it can severely affect your day-to-day activities. At her internal medicine practice, Piya Ghoshal, MD, with offices in Amityville and West Islip, New York, takes a preventive approach to medical care and offers the flu shot. Getting the flu shot may help protect you from a flu infection or at least lessen your symptoms. To schedule your flu shot, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC today to book an appointment.
The flu, also referred to as influenza, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. The virus that causes the infection is highly contagious and can be passed when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can also become infected with the flu if you touch an object, such as door handle or keyboard, that has the germs and then you touch your face.
When you become infected, the symptoms usually develop fairly quickly and include:
Certain groups of people, including those with a compromised immune system and the elderly, are at risk of developing complications from a flu infection, such as pneumonia.
The flu shot is a vaccination that may protect you from a flu infection. The flu shot helps your body develop antibodies against the infection to protect you when you come into contact with the virus.
However, the flu shot isn’t 100% effective at preventing the flu because the flu virus changes every year. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get vaccinated. Though it may not offer complete protection from the flu, it may help lessen the duration of your symptoms and prevent flu-related complications.
Ideally, you should get your flu shot before the flu season begins. In general, you should get your flu shot by October of every year.
However, if you miss the October deadline, you can still get the flu shot and protect yourself. It takes your body about two weeks to develop the antibodies you need to help you fight a flu infection.
Some people do experience side effects from the flu shot, but not anything like what you would experience if you got the flu. Common side effects include:
These side effects usually disappear within a day or two.
Every year millions of Americans get infected with the flu. To help prevent infection, call Piya Ghoshal MD PC to schedule your flu shot to book an appointment.