The importance of staying healthy during flu season and the latest updates on COVID-19 boosters
Dr. D’s Medical Update
In this month’s article, I want to share important information about staying healthy during flu season and the latest updates on COVID-19 boosters. Taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones is essential, especially as we continue to navigate these challenging times.
The flu (influenza) affects many people each year, causing fever, cough, body aches, and fatigue. The flu can be especially risky for children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. That’s why getting a flu vaccine is crucial. A flu vaccine is like a shield that helps your body fight off the flu virus.
The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It doesn’t give you the flu, but it helps your immune system recognize and fight the virus if you’re exposed to it. By getting the flu shot, you’re protecting yourself and those around you. This is called “herd immunity,” which means that when many people are vaccinated, the flu can’t spread as easily in the community.
Now, let’s talk about COVID-19 boosters. You might have heard about them on the news. Boosters are additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that you can get after your initial shots. These boosters help strengthen your immunity against the virus, especially as new variants emerge. If you received the bivalent booster last fall, you are covered until the new booster is available in the next month or two. If you did not receive the bivalent booster, you can receive the current bivalent booster or wait for the new version this fall.
We are seeing a significant increase in COVID cases in our office. Symptoms are generally mild, but we have seen some very sick patients who needed hospitalization. The guidelines for isolation have not changed. If you test positive for COVID, you should isolate from others for five days after the date of symptom onset. After that isolation period, you should wear a mask for an additional five days outside your home.
In conclusion, taking steps to protect yourself from the flu and COVID-19 is essential for your health and the health of our community. By getting a flu vaccine, you’re reducing the risk of getting sick and helping to prevent the spread of the flu. COVID-19 boosters can enhance your immunity against the virus, especially as new variants emerge.
Remember, as a family physician, my goal is to keep you informed and provide you with the best care possible. Stay informed by consulting reliable sources, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we can prioritize our health and well-being.
Michael Dominguez, MD, FAAFP, is board certified in Family Medicine. His office is located at HealthTexas Medical Group, 590 N. General McMullen, 78228, phone: 210-249-0212.