Flu Season 2017 is here!
Flu season officially started October 1 2017. Since then there have been 80 people hospitalized for Influenza in the state. The age group most affected is 50+. As expected there have been increased reports of Influenza activity since Thanksgiving. There is a lot in life we have limited control of, but we can control our immunity against Influenza.
The flu vaccine is an important vaccine to receive annually. It not only protects individuals, but it may protect others who cannot receive the vaccine; infants under 6 months, those fighting cancer or other catastrophic diseases and the elderly. The two most common reasons I have heard people refuse the vaccine are: “I never get the flu” and “I get the flu when I get the vaccine”.
When a relatively healthy person gets the Flu they are miserable for a few days, they get over it and go on with their life, but if a person with a poor immune system gets the flu it can become life threatening. The healthy individual can protect others by receiving the vaccine.
You cannot get the flu from the injectable vaccine; it is not a live vaccine. A person can feel a little under the weather for a few days while experiencing a normal immune response to the vaccine, as you can with other vaccines, but it is not Influenza.
If you do get the Flu or a cold, protect your community; stay home, drink fluids and rest.
Stansbury Urgent Care has Influenza vaccine available and we are open 7 days a week for our community.
By Catherine Carter, FNP.