Local doctors urge you to get the flu vaccine

By Sheri Falk - bio | email | Twitter

Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - Feeling under the weather? Don't blame the forecaster just yet. Local doctors say to avoid the aches and pains of the flu this season, get a simple dose of protection.

"For good health care sake, we recommend everybody be vaccinated against the flu."

According to Dr. Lara Otaigbe,  the aches and pains that go along with the flu are hard to ignore and so is the accessibility of flu vaccinations.

Otaigbe said, "the flu season  typically starts to trickle in by October, it will peak around late December, early January and February, then it starts to fizzle out."

If the flu bug hits you like clock work this time every year, you may have a low immune system, which makes you the perfect candidate for a dose of protection.

Particularly for people who have pre-existing health conditions and also to protect those who cannot get the flu shot. It is not a sure bet, because the vaccines are based on last years strain and they do mutate as you know, so there will be new strains that those vaccines will not cover but it still can benefit you."

Otaibge also said, remember to always wash your hands, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet, anything to help keep your immune system strong. If you do catch the bug, the only way to kill it quick is an antiviral medication but it must be given early on.

"We have medications now, anti viral's that will help but you have to be in the Doctors office within the first 48 hours otherwise it's no use."

So your best bet is to protect yourself now and avoid the aggravation.

"Talk to your doctor, they know you best. The flu vaccine is not for everyone, especially if you have hypersensitivity to eggs or egg products."

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