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Do you need a flu shot? ŅNecesita la vacuna del flu? (Dec. 22nd, 2006)
Be prepared for the flu season!
To reduce your risk of contracting the flu, flu vaccinations are recommended. Getting a shot in December or later will still provide protection through the winter. To obtain a flu shot, ask to get one during your regularly scheduled patient visit or schedule a flu shot appointment at one of our medical clinics.
Who should get a flu shot?
To help reduce your risk, flu vaccinations are encouraged for everyone, particularly those at risk:
- People 50 years and older
- People who live in long-term care facilities
- People 5-49 years old with chronic health conditions
- Children ages 6-59 months
- Pregnant women
- Health care givers who provide direct patient care
- Household contacts of people at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under 6 months
- Health care workers
What is the flu?
Symptoms of influenza, otherwise known as the “flu,” usually appear suddenly and include fever, sore throat, muscle aches, runny nose, headache, cough and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are not symptoms of the flu. A person with influenza is contagious from the day before symptoms start until approximately five days after symptoms begin. For most people, the best treatment is rest, liquids and a fever/pain reliever such as acetaminophen.
Contact one of our medical clinics to schedule your flu shot appointment today!