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Is Your Training Making You Sick?

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Nov 5, 2013
  • Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM UTC
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Don’t Wait to Vaccinate

“Flu season” in the United States typically begins as early as October and ends in May. Even in seemingly healthy adults, complications from the influenza (flu) virus can be deadly. Getting a vaccination each year can reduce the chances you will become infected with the flu.

Because it takes about two weeks post-vaccination for antibodies to develop, the Centers for Disease Control urge people to vaccinate early in the season, rather than waiting until an influenza outbreak hits. Influenza vaccines are available at many locations, including doctor’s offices, pharmacies, health clinics, and even some workplaces. The vaccine can be given as an injection or in the form of a nasal spray. If you are moderately or severely ill, wait until you’ve recovered before getting vaccinated.

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