When Gina Gallo, a school librarian in Lacombe, La., gets sick, she can take care of herself. She gets her own medicine, makes her own food, and "deals with it," as she puts it. But when her fiancé gets a cold, she says he has "a complete system breakdown."
"The world stops and the whining is incessant," she says. "I am expected to bring him food, take care of him, and generally treat him like the baby that he is."
Gallo's fiancé declined to talk with WebMD for this story. Their Mars-Venus situation...
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.