Officials ask adults to reevaluate their perception on the flu shot
December 3, 2014 at 12:45 AM CST - Updated July 2 at 5:26 AM
A new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases finds more than 40% of adults wait to get the flu shot until after they hear the flu is in their community.
That statistic is ironic because you need two weeks after the shot to build immunity.
So, keep that in mind, since the government has identified flu activity now in 48 states, including Texas.
"We know that between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population will get flu in any given year. And that is something that is totally predictable. We may not know exactly when it's going to strike, but we know it's going to strike every year," says Dr. Susan Rehm, with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months get a flu shot every year.
But if you get the flu instead, there is a prescription that can help you feel better faster, you just need to begin taking that within the first two days of your symptoms.