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Dr. Isaac on FOX7 Austin: Flu Spikes Early This Year

Flu season is here and it has arrived earlier than years past. What can you do to protect yourself from getting the flu? And is it too late to get the flu vaccine?

FOX7 Austin asked ARC Family Medicine physician, Dr. Dominique Isaac.

Is it too late to get the flu shot? No and don’t wait, said Dr. Isaac. It takes about two weeks for the body to build immunity (protection) following the flu shot. “If you wait until everyone around you starts getting sick, it might be too late—you could have already been exposed to the flu,” says Dr. Isaac.

How long is the flu season? Typically, the flu season lasts between September to March with the peak often occurring in January or February. This year, Austin Regional Clinic and other places across the U.S. are seeing more flu cases earlier than recent years.

What else can you do to protect yourself from the flu? Wash your hands frequently. Cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing. Stay home if you’re sick.

Dr. Isaac says you’re generally contagious for at least 24 hours following a fever and without using fever reducing medicines like Tylenol or Advil.

See the complete interview on FOX7 Austin.

Haven’t yet had a flu shot? Contact Austin Regional Clinic and schedule one today. Call 512-272-4636 or request an appointment online.

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