Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include:
runny or stuffy nose
Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, flu can make it worse.
Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk. The CDC recommends all pregnant patients to get vaccinated!
Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine can:
keep you from getting flu
make flu less severe if you do get it
keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people.
The Flu vaccine is inactivated, there is no live flu virus in flu shots. The flu vaccinecannot cause the flu.
How it works?
The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. THE IV DOC affiliate physician groups are providing Flucelvax (non-preservative) Vaccines. These are inteded for patients 4 years or older.
When should I get vaccinated?
While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, during most seasons influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.
Tell our medical team:
If you have any severe, life-threatening allergies
If you ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of flu vaccine, or have a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, you may be advised not to get vaccinated. Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain a small amount of egg protein.
If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS)
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