Posted by: Jacqueline O'Doherty | November 26, 2010

Flu Vaccine

It’s that time of year again…if you haven’t already, it’s time to get out and get the flu vaccine!  This year (2010-2011) the flu vaccine protects against the influenza A HSN2 virus, influenza B and the 2009 H1N1 virus~remember the chaos that virus caused last year? However, this year they’re all rolled into one, so only one vaccine is needed!

And remember wash your hands and if you are sick try to stay home! 

When you do contract the flu, there are antivirals drugs you can take.  While they don’t make the flu go away, the drugs will shorten the duration and severity of the flu. However, the antiviral drugs will only work if they are taken within the first two days and you do need a script to get them, they are not over the counter.  So if you think you have the flu, call the doctor asap!

For more information go to the CDC website:Click here: CDC – Seasonal Influenza (Flu) – CDC Says Take 3 Actions



  1. Very Basic prevention to avoid flu is washing your hands before eating 🙂 ..

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