Plan Now for Your Family’s Flu Immunizations

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by carepro

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Getting a flu shot is a great way to protect yourself - and your family - from the flu this fall.

The end of summer signals many things: school starts back up, the leaves begin to change and flu season rears its ugly head. The annual flu season usually peaks between December and early March, but can begin as early as October and go as late as May.

That means now is the time to plan for your family’s flu immunizations. The earlier in the season you get your flu vaccine, the better your chances of protecting yourself, your family and your coworkers from the flu. The flu can be an unpleasant illness, and it can lead to dehydration, pneumonia and other severe ailments. Common symptoms of the flu include fever and chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headaches and a runny or stuffy nose.

Some people avoid getting immunized for fear that they will get the flu from the vaccine. You cannot catch the flu from most formulations of the flu vaccine. The most common side effects of the flu vaccine are minor and only last a few days. These include pain and redness around the injection site and a low fever.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized against the flu. Children, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions (including asthma and diabetes) and people with heart, lung or kidney disorders are more likely to experience serious side effects if they contract the flu. It is important for people in these high risk groups, and for those who live and work with them, to get vaccinated against the flu every year.

A 2013 study by CDC flu experts estimated that over six flu seasons, from 2005 to 2011, flu vaccination prevented approximately 13.6 million illnesses, 5.8 million medical visits and nearly 113,000 flu-related hospitalizations in the United States. Along with getting immunized, take these basic precautions this fall and winter to help keep yourself and your family, friends and coworkers healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after the fever has ended. If you are sick, don’t go near other people to avoid infecting them.

If you have any questions or concerns about the influenza vaccine, talk to your pharmacist or physician. You can read more information about flu shot from the CDC or the Iowa Department of Public Health. Vaccinations are quick, convenient and can help you stay healthy. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, are available at your local CarePro pharmacy. Our pharmacists are happy to answer your vaccination questions- contact us today.

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