Think it’s too late to get a flu shot?? It’s not!! Flu activity begins to peak in January so there is still plenty of time to get your flu shot and develop immunity before flu season hits.
Last year, the Center for Disease Control attributed 80,000 deaths to influenza; deaths that could likely have been prevented through vaccination. The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for EVERYONE age 6 months and older. Vaccination is the single best way to avoid the flu.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. Symptoms such as fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, and congestion can range from mild to severe and can last several days or can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections or ear infections.
Influenza can cause certain chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes to worsen and can even cause lifelong complications.
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
During the holidays when people are out shopping, attending events and parties, and gathering with family and friends are prime opportunities to pass the virus around.
Did you know you can spread the flu even before you know you’re sick? You are contagious for several days before you have symptoms and for 5-7 days after symptoms begin. That’s often how the disease spreads so quickly. People don’t know they are sick and usually don’t stay home long enough after symptoms subside.
That’s why it’s important to protect yourself as much as possible by getting a flu shot today!! Flu vaccinations are available at the Family Health Clinic Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We accept most insurances and there is usually no cost for vaccination.
No appointment is necessary. Please call 618-468-6800 for more information.