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Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Flu viruses kill approximately 36,000 persons in the United States annually. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by viruses. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, malaise (a feeling of being ill and without energy that can be extreme), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) people at high risk for developing complications from the flu include children aged 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. A yearly flu vaccine can prevent many illnesses and deaths caused by the flu.
The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent and protect people from acquiring influenza during flu season, which runs from October through May. Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. Of course in addition to the high risk groups previously mentioned, those persons that live with or care for those at high risk for developing complications from the flu are recommended to get the flu vaccine every year. The annual vaccine takes about two weeks to provide protection and it can be taken as early as October and as late -or later- than December. Although the vaccine is not 100% effective against acquiring influenza, it can still provide protection against getting severe complications from the flu.
According to the CDC there are some people who should not receive the influenza vaccine without first consulting with their physician. These include people with a severe allergy to chicken eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccine in the past, people who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously, infants less than 6 months of age, and people who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever.
The viruses in the flu shot are killed so you cannot acquire the flu from the shot itself. There are some minor side effects from the shot that one should be aware could occur. They are soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site, low-grade fever, and generalized aches. These usually last from one-two days after the injection is given. Most people experience no serious side effects from the injection, however on rare occasions the flu vaccination has caused serious problems.
As a caregiver it is important to protect yourself, and those you love by receiving a vaccine. Flu and pneumonia vaccines will be available for those that would choose to participate at the Caregiver's Conference and EXPO in Room 122A at Robinwood Medical Center from 8am-4:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm. For those not covered under Medicare Insurance, the cost is $25.00 (flu) and $40.00 (pneumonia) per vaccine.

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