In the middle of the fun and excitement of holiday celebrations, there often comes an unwelcome party crasher in the form of the flu virus. Once this unfortunate virus arrives in a home, school, work place or church, all inhabitants have an increased potential for flu symptoms. These exhibit themselves in the form of vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion and cough. This year, don’t take the wait-and-see approach, hoping the unwelcome flu does not leave its mark on you and your family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once again recommend getting a flu shot if you haven’t already taken the precaution. The flu vaccine is approved for most individuals from the age of six months and older.
Year-to-year and season-to-season, the priority for getting a flu shot can shift, depending on the severity of the flu that season. Rather than take the chance of missing the window for a flu vaccination, the CDC highlights the importance of an annual flu vaccination. Just two weeks after receiving the vaccination, antibodies begin to develop in the body, providing protection against the flu virus. Receiving a yearly vaccination not only helps the individual receiving the vaccination, but it also can reduce the chances of the flu spreading through individuals at places like school, a workplace or hospital.
This year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week runs December 6-12.
You might be surprised to learn that when it comes to vaccinations, there are a number of choices when it comes to the form of vaccinations. These options depend on age, current health conditions and allergies. Depending on your unique needs, a health professional may choose a trivalent flu vaccine, a quadrivalent flu vaccine, or inoculation in the form of a nasal spray.
Trivalent flu vaccine – protects from two influenza viruses (H1N1 and H3N2)
Quadrivalent flu vaccine – protects against H1N1 and H3N2 influenza viruses and two influenza B viruses
Nasal spray – virus grown in an egg approved for individuals age 2 to 49 (cannot be used by individuals allergic to eggs)
Considering the flu season can stretch from early October to late May, there’s no better time to visit Fulton Medical Clinic for a flu shot. Fulton Medical clinic offers same-day, walk-in appointments that will get you in fast and on your way to healthier living. Vaccinate now to protect your loved ones against infection this holiday season and beyond.
Fulton Medical Center, located in Fulton, Missouri, is a 37-bed acute care facility specialties include podiatry, emergency room, orthopedic, gastroenterology, geriatric behavioral health, sports medicine, cardiology, and audiology screenings.
Fulton Medical Center 10 South Hospital Drive Fulton, MO 65251
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Kingdom Senior Solutions 10 South Hospital Drive Fulton, MO 65251
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