Sioux Falls, SD
With fall officially here, flu season follows close behind. Coughing, sneezing and even talking can spread the flu from as far as six feet away, which is why getting vaccinated is so important.
"We are already vaccinating here at the clinic. It's better to get the vaccine prior to the infection starting. So, the recommendation is to get it by the end of October," Dr. Gisella Wong Nano with Sanford Health said.
That's because it takes two weeks after receiving the vaccination for your immune system to be able to fight off the flu. And for those who feel they can ride it out, Nano says while there are side effects that come with the vaccination, it's still your best option to prevent the flu.
"With the vaccination, as with any vaccine, they can have a little bit of increase in temperature. Some runny nose, a little bit of muscle soreness, but it's much better to receive the vaccination than to get the flu for sure," Nano said.
In addition to a high temperature and body aches, the flu can lead to other health risks, such as respiratory distress and pneumonia. You can also infect those who aren't able to receive the vaccine due to their age or existing health conditions.
For parents who are skeptical, Nano says despite the minor side effects, you have nothing to worry about.
Some parents avoid bringing their children to get the flu shot due to misconceptions about autism based on studies that have been proven wrong.
Nano says that those claims are false and shouldn't keep you from bringing your child in.
This year's flu vaccine will only be given in the shot form.
The KELOLAND Television and Lewis Drug Sioux Falls Flu Shot Clinic
is this Thursday, September 28 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating stores. We will only be giving flu shots to those 18 years or older, so if your child needs a flu vaccine, it's best to check with your child's clinic.
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