Article furnished by Dr. Jay Kulkin - It's that time of year again, time to get your flu shot!
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 moths of age and older receive a flu shot. Seasonal flu outbreaks can occur as early as October, but often peak in January or even later.
Now is the perfect time to be vaccinated because it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that will protect you against the influenza virus.
Make sure you are protected before the flu starts to spread in your community. Even if you got a flu shot last year, you still need to get on this year. Influenza viruses are constantly changing, so each year the vaccine is updated to keep up with the ever changing flue.
Don't worry you will not catch the flu from the vaccine. Vaccines are made from either "inactivated" viruses or no viruses at all. Influenza is a serious infection that can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Do not leave yourself unprotected this year and risk getting sick. Flu vaccines are readily available at your doctor's office, health clinics, pharmacies, many offices and even some schools.
You can also visit the CDC website for some key facts on the flu vaccine http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
For more information about the flu shot visit http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccination/.
Dr. Jay Kulkin, Founder of WIFH in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized laser expert and teaches doctors from from within the U.S. and around the world about laser techniques. He is a Board Certified Gynecologist and is often quoted in the media and featured on a number of TV networks including CNN, Headline News and local Atlanta networks on laser issues. He has been practicing in Atlanta since 1983 and is a Fellow (the highest distinction achievable) of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is the former Executive Director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Women's Health Program, which he was instrumental in creating. Dr. Kulkin is committed to bringing the latest advances in laser research to his patients.