As we come closer to winter here in Colorado, the 2014 flu season is well underway. The colder winter drives us indoors, and, as we’re closer to one another, the likelihood of contracting the flu can increase. The flu, a respiratory illness that can be highly contagious, will usually start making appearances around October. Typically the flu season will last through the winter and into April or May.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself or your loved ones is to make sure the family receives a flu shot. Once you receive the vaccine, it generally takes about 2 weeks for your body to develop antibodies to fight infection. Nearly anyone can get a flu shot, but it’s particularly recommended for children 6 and younger, adults over 50, pregnant women, and those with chronic ailments such as heart disease, kidney disease and asthma.

If you’re looking for a flu shot, treatment for a winter cold or something more serious, contact Honeycutt Family Medicine. As a local Loveland family practice, we have the training and experience to provide top notch medical care for the whole family. We cater to all ages, from the elderly to the very young. As you interact with us, you’ll find we prize professionalism, compassion and communication. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way and you’ll always be involved in decisions involving the medical care of you and your family. Contact us today!