You have been so great about your new exercise routine, rarely missing a day since you started up again. Then all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu.
What should you do? Should you skip the treadmill or forsake that Pilates class for a late afternoon nap? Will it be hard to get started again if you skip a day or two?
It can begin as early as September and last as late as May.
Your best bet is to get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each fall. But you can still get vaccinated in January or later. The flu shot starts to work about 2 weeks after your vaccination.
Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?
You have many options, including your doctor’s office, local health clinics, and many supermarkets and drugstores.
The American Lung Association’s web site offers an online flu vaccine clinic locator. You enter your ZIP code and get information about clinics scheduled in your area.
Can I Take the Vaccine Nasal Spray Instead?
No. Unlike the flu shot, the nasal flu vaccine, called FluMist, contains live, weakened viruses. You shouldn’t take it if you’re pregnant or have a long-term health condition. This form of the vaccine is only approved for healthy people ages 2-49.