woman receiving a flu shot

Seasonal arrivals bring seasonal flu

As the winter season approaches, Southwest Florida enters flu season and becomes a haven for warm-weather seekers. Ojash Raval, D.O., a family medicine physician with Convenient Care, says the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated.

“Florida is a special state where people come from all over the world during the winter months to escape the cold,” Dr. Raval says. “But it also brings more people carrying different, localized flu strains to Florida. Getting a flu shot protects you from many of them.”

For infants, toddlers, and seniors, seasonal flu vaccination can help prevent hospitalizations. “When most of us get the flu, we feel ill for several days and get over the flu bug,” Dr. Raval says. “This is not always the case for the very young and seniors. “Every year the flu bug puts a lot of people in the hospital.”

Dr. Raval recommends vaccination for anyone 6 months of age and older. “Usually, the vaccine is available in October,” he says. “As soon as it is available, you should get vaccinated. It takes a couple of weeks for your body to create the immunity against the flu, so the earlier the better.”

Prevent the flu with good health habits:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep your hands clean. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Ojash Raval, D.O.
Lee Physician Group
Family Medicine
Convenient Care - Page Field
4771 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-343-980

Tags: Infectious diseases, flu, virus, vaccination, Lee Physician Group

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Locations include:
Page Field
4771 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
16230 Summerlin Road
(Summerlin and Bass Roads)
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Pine Island Road
1682 NE Pine Island Road
(Between Del Prado and
Super Target)
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Metro Parkway (Opening in November!)
13340 Metro Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL 33966