FLU: One Bad Bug!
Flu season peaks between November and March, and flu-related illnesses killed between between 24,000 and 62,000 people in the U.S. last year. But research shows those who get the influenza vaccine are less likely to get the illness (and usually have less-severe symptoms if they do come down with the flu). The flu shot is recommended for almost everyone over the age of six months.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, “The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older who do not have contraindications with any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or death.
Flu vaccinations should be received by the end of October, if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating and unexpired flu vaccine is available then flu vaccinations should be given. Health care providers are encouraged to provide flu vaccinations during routine health care visits and hospitalizations when vaccine is available.”
Staff at Newman Regional Health are ready to offer you the appropriate flu vaccine for you. With COVID-19 still a concern, we encourage everyone to get a flu shot this year. The flu shot will not prevent or provide relief from COVID-19. It may help you from contracting both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time and it may help lower the severity of any flu symptoms you may have.
You can get a flu shot by visiting your primary care physician in their office, or you can stop by the Newman Regional Health Medical Partners Express Care without an appointment.
Vaccine Information Statements from the Centers for Disease Control
Influenza Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant) ENGLISH
Influenza Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant) SPANISH
Influenza Vaccine (Live, Intranasal) ENGLISH
Influenza Vaccine (Live, Intranasal) SPANISH
Visit the CDC influenza website for more information about the flu. Read More