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Flu Season Is Here!

Flu Season Is Here!

Why get vaccinated?

Influenza (the flu) is a disease caused by the influenza virus that spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing or nasal secretions. The flu can cause high fever, pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions. It can be dangerous to young children, elderly people who are 65 years and older and people with chronic problems. The flu kills many people each year in the United States. The flu vaccine is updated every year because influenza viruses are always changing. Flu symptoms last only a few days and include:

  • fever/chills
  •  sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • headache
  •  runny or stuffy nose

 Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza.

Influenza can occur at any time, but most influenza occurs from October through May. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. If you get a vaccination in December, or even later, it will still be beneficial. 

What you should know:

·         A flu shot is recommended for people with chronic illness including kidney disease, diabetes and anemia.

·         Get a flu shot every year to keep you protected.

·         Get the flu shot in October or November before flu season starts.

·         It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the shot.

·         Tell your Care Team if you:

o   Have an allergy to eggs.

o   Had a reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.

o   Have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

o   Have a fever or are sick.

·         Serious problems from influenza vaccine are very rare.

·         You cannot get the flu from the flu shot because the viruses in the flu shot have been inactivated. (

·         Getting vaccinated protects you and people you come into contact with.



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