OKLAHOMA CITY – The flu shot can only do so much.
Even though the Centers for Disease control said this year’s vaccine was well-matched with this year’s viruses, it only blocks infection 50 to 70 percent of the time.
So even though you got the shot, you can still be at risk.
Dr. Stephen Prescott, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President, said washing hands is important regardless of the season and it can prevent the spread of influenza viruses very well.
The three main access points for viruses are the eyes, nose and mouth, all places you’re most likely to touch with your hands.
“Within 48 hours of getting sick, see a doctor and ask about antiviral treatments like Tamiflu,” he said. “They can reduce the impact and length of the illness by prohibiting the virus from spreading to new cells in the body.”
Also, avoid others if possible to cut down on spreading the virus.
Dr. Prescott said if all goes according to plan, most people are over the flu in about a week.