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Inova Doctor Q&A: Cold vs Flu with Dr. Miriam Saad

We want to keep you and your family healthy this flu season! Dr. Miriam Saad answered questions about cold vs. flu, she is a board certified internal medicine physician and board eligible in pediatrics. She joins Inova Medical Group – Gainesville with over five years of clinical experience and has conducted research on healthcare provider identification and patient satisfaction during inpatient admission.

Most recently, Dr. Saad served as a clinical instructor in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she also completed two years as Chief Resident.

Dr. Saad first became interested in pediatrics while helping her mother take care of children in her home daycare while growing up. During her medical training, she realized she wanted to continue to take care of her pediatric patients through adulthood as she enjoys taking care of adults as well. This led to her decision to do a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics to take care of patients of all ages. She currently lives in Centreville with her fiancé and enjoys traveling, cooking, running, and spending time with her family.

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You have questions, and we have answers:

How long does it take for the vaccine to start working? About two weeks, according to the CDC.

When is the best time to get vaccinated? Starting in October is ideal. Although, getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season will help protect you from the virus.

How long does flu season last? While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in January or later.

How much does it cost? $30, if paid out of pocket but is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare Part B. Contact your insurance company for coverage details.