There is no way to cure a common cold, but it is possible to get inoculated against the harsher symptoms of the flu. According to Flu.gov, a federal resource dedicated to fighting the flu in the US, 5-20% of the population gets the flu each year. They also mention that getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent catching the flu.
When is flu season?
Flu season peaks during the months of January to February, but doctors recommend getting your annual flu shot as early as October. In fact, the Center for Disease Control advises that you get your flu shot as soon as they become available in October. This is because they take a couple weeks to reach maximum effect. (However, the shots are usually available up into January if it slips your mind.)
What exactly is the flu?
As this scientist from the Department of Health & Human Services briefly explains below, influenza is a viral infection. It is spread between people during human interaction.
Where can I get a flu shot?
In addition to all of their awesome deals, the people at Target give flu shots where ever Target Clinic® is available. There is no appointment necessary and walk-ins are welcome. There are Targets in 49 states, including the ones at high risk for the flu in this current map from the Center for Disease Control.
With the Target Pharmacy® Rewards program, flu shots count towards 5% off a day of shopping. You can get the family inoculated then stock up on Airborne Orange Original Supplement and chewable vitamin C tablets just to be safe.
Is a flu shot a guarantee?
Not technically, but it does greatly reduce the risk. It is still possible to catch influenza after receiving a flu shot. That is why it is important to get the right one. Different types of flu shots may be used, depending on the age and health of the person.
For example, anyone over 65 is supposed to get a high dose shot. Those with a phobia of needles may want to inquire about nasal spray. And pregnant or nursing women may prefer a shot that is preservative free. They usually have all of these option available at Target Clinic®.
The good news is that the flu shots should never give you the flu itself, although you may experience some mild side effects and uncomfortableness like headaches or a low fever.
Of course you should always consult with your health care provider if you have serious concerns about flu shots and influenza season.