Here comes winter and the dreaded flu season. The flu is not a joy to give, nor to receive. The best way to break the cycle of infection and to keep yourself and your family safe is to get a flu shot. Whether early or late in the season, a flu shot is your best protection against the disease-bearing germs that multiply in public spaces.
Should I Worry About Getting the Flu?
Influenza is a serious disease. It leaves the patient weak, debilitated, and prone to further illnesses. In extreme cases, it can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Certain groups are more susceptible to infection:
- Young children
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions like diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease
Even healthy people are susceptible to infection, and can pass it on to others.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months gets a flu shot (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm). Any person who works with the groups of people listed above, or in public health or educational settings, should get a flu shot.
Will It Hurt?
First, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The vaccine is administered through a nasal spray or injection. Both methods produce minor discomfort that will dissipate in a short while.
The flu shot can cause local soreness or redness, aches and low-grade fever. The nasal spray may produce headache, cough, runny nose or a sore throat. In children, it may also produce fever, muscle aches, vomiting and wheezing.
Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?
Doctors Express offer 24/7 services. No need to call to make an appointment.