Flu Shot Season is Here

Fall and winter are right around the corner which means Flu season is too!! The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months should get the flu shot because the flu shot still remains the most reliable prevention strategy. In fact, per the CDC (Center of Disease Control) the flu vaccination reduces the flu illness in the overall population up to 40-60% each year.

What exactly is the Flu?

The Flu (AKA: Influenza) is a virus infection that causes people to get very ill. It can actually be more devastating in our more vulnerable populations of infants, young children, elderly, and pregnant women if they are exposed to someone with the flu.

What are the symptoms of the Flu?

You can have some or all of the following symptoms and test positive for the flu;
Feeling feverish, chills, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (although these last two are more common in children).

How can I get tested for the flu if I think I have it?

We can test you for the flu by coming to the clinic and having your nose swabbed. We run it through our lab which tells us in about 10 minutes if you have a positive Influenza test.

How can the flu be treated?

Most of the time treatment is aimed at supportive care since the flu is a virus. No antibiotic will get rid of the flu because antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not viral infections. However, if we catch it early enough, within the first 48hours of your symptoms, antiviral medications may shorten the duration of the illness. Most people will recover in 5-14 days, but some can develop further complications like influenza related pneumonia.

For more detailed information on Influenza and/or the Vaccinations please visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm

POP in the Clinic for your flu shot today…no appointment necessary!

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