Flu shots and other ways to prevent the Flu


Thomas Stinson

Branden, a Pharmacist at HEB, getting ready to give a shot.

Flu season is here and some are already preparing by getting the Flu shot! Many Dobie teachers and staff got their Flu shots at school on September 20th. and some students say they have gotten their Flu shots too.

The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the Flu is by getting a Flu vaccine each year., according the Centers for Disease Control.

Some of the symptoms of the Flu include:

  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note that not everyone with the Flu will have a fever.

The spread of the Flu virus is very common, especially during Flu season.  Flu season is typically between the months of  October-March, though it can vary.

So how important is the Flu Shot? And what other ways can we try to prevent getting the Flu?

Although research is divided between weather the Flu shot is beneficial to our health or not, most doctors and physicians recommend getting the vaccine annually. According to the Center for Disease Control,(CDC) the vaccination protects against multiple strains of the Flu and lowers hospitalization rates for people that have diabetes, chronic lung diseases, and lowers the chances of cardiac events occurring in people who suffer from heart diseases.

Although getting a Flu shot is the most efficient way to avoid getting the Flu, another way to prevent the Flu is to wash hands often and thoroughly. By washing our hands we lower the risks of not only getting the Flu, but many other diseases that can be contracted from not cleaning our hands properly. Some other ways to ensure you don’t get the Flu are to avoid coming into contact with people already infected with the Flu, keep from touching your face, and to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze., according to the American Red Cross.

Sarah Lyon, 8th grader, says her and her family get their Flu shots every year and she believes that the Flu shot is important for everyone to get annually. Sarah has never gotten the Flu, thanks to the vaccination, and intends to keep it that way by continuing to get her Flu shot every year.


Centers for Disease Control’s tips about the Flu