MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Fall is right around the corner, and with it comes flu season. Millions of doses of the flu shot are being sent to doctors’ offices across the country.
Patients at Dr. Farah Cardosi’s Memphis office have already been asking about the flu shot. Hers and other Methodist doctors’ offices are stocked.
The Centers for Disease Control says the best time to get the flu shot is in the first week of October.
“We see the flu peak between December and February,” Dr. Cardosi, DNP said. “Your body needs about two weeks to develop the antibodies to fight off the flu.”
The CDC says there will be 162 to 169 million doses of the flu vaccine produced this flu season which typically lasts from November until March. Dr. Cardosi said if you ever feel the symptoms of the flu, see a doctor, and stay home from school or work until 24 hours have passed since your last fever.
“You’ll see a sudden onset of symptoms--fever, chills, body ache, fatigue,” Dr. Cardosi said.
Last year people across the nation were hospitalized because of the flu, and there were even reported deaths. Younger children and seniors remain most at risk for serious complications. Dr. Cardosi said anyone from 6 months and older can get the flu shot.
She, like most doctors, recommend the flu shot, but said there are misconceptions.
“The flu shot does not give you the flu,” she said. “You may have soreness at the site of the injection. You may feel a little achy, but the flu shot does not give you the flu. It’s your best method of protection against the flu.”