Experiencing aches, pains, chills, fever and an overall miserable feeling? Could be the flu.
In addition to the symptoms above, the flu can bring about an upper respiratory infection, total exhaustion, and general misery. Once somebody has the flu, there’s little to be done but ride it out and unfortunately the symptoms often linger for weeks before completely going away.
Common Flu Concerns
I got a flu shot last year. Do I really need another one?
Because the flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, it mutates over time. This means that you can get the flu this year, despite having received the flu shot last year. The best practice against the flu is to get a flu shot every year.
I rarely get sick! Should I bother with the flu shot?
Yes! Even the healthiest of individuals have been known to suffer the flu. It’s better to be safe than sorry by getting the flu shot.
I heard you can get sick from the vaccine. Is that true?
No. The flu vaccine uses a dead version of the virus that shows your body how to fight off the virus, but it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine. The inhaled version of the vaccine uses a kind of virus that is alive but has been weakened, carrying a very small risk of you getting a milder version of the flu from the vaccination. This is why people with asthma, young children, and those who are most vulnerable should refrain from getting the inhaled version. The vaccination can (and should!) provoke a mild immune reaction, which can leave you tired and achy for a day or so. It’s still better than getting the flu!
Doctors have begun to advocate strongly that everyone have a flu shot every year before flu season takes full swing. Additionally, if you believe that you may have been exposed to the flu, feel free to visit our physicians. There are some medicines which, if taken early enough, can help reduce the intensity of the infection. Contact us today, or stop on by, to get your flu shot today!
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Please Note: If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, severe bleeding or concerned that you may have a life threatening condition please call 911 immediately.