Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, is it too early to get a flu shot? 

A:  Definitely not!  Those in the medical profession remind us that it takes up to three weeks for the shot to protect you, so getting a flu shot before November is a very good idea.  Most pharmacies — even those in grocery stores – already are advertising the availability of this year’s flu shot.  While it does not guarantee that you will avoid illness, it makes it likely that your malady (if any) will be less severe.  Remember, flu shots protect not only yourself but those around you – particularly the more vulnerable, including the elderly and infants.

Kaiser Permanente clinic in Pleasanton is offering the shots Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Kaiser also reminds us of the seven best ways to fight the flu:

  • Get your flu shot
  • Wash your hands
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Eat your fruits and veggies
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick…please!

Some people say the “holiday season” actually starts this month, with Halloween.  No one wants to be ill during the feasting of Thanksgiving in November, nor for whatever holidays you celebrate with family and friends in December.  So, roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot ASAP.

EAT RIGHT, MOVE MORE, BE WELL.