Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by carepro

The end of summer signals many things: school starting back up, the leaves beginning to change, and flu season gearing up. The annual flu season usually peaks between December and early March, but can begin as early as October and go as late as May. Visit your local CarePro Pharmacy to get your flu shot and help protect you and your loved ones this winter.

While you may think you can weather the storm, the flu can be a major health concern for you and your family, especially for children and the elderly. The flu is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by influenza viruses that attack the nose, throat and lungs. Unlike many other viral infections, such as the common cold, flu symptoms vary from mild respiratory illness to severe complications.

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Runny or stuffy nose.

The flu can also lead to dehydration, pneumonia and other severe illnesses.

Some people avoid getting immunized for the fear that they will get the flu from the vaccine. Fortunately, 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. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a flu shot reduces the risk of illness by 57 percent for adults age 50 and older.

The CDC also recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized against the flu every year. Children, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions and people with heart, lung, or kidney disorders are more likely to experience serious side effects if they catch the flu.

During cold and flu season, remember these basic precautions:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever ends to avoid infecting others.

If you have any questions or concerns about the influenza vaccine, talk to your pharmacist or physician. Vaccinations are quick, easy 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 – connect with us today!

When you get your flu shot this month, you will receive a coupon for a free 1,000 IU Vitamin D and 25% off probiotic!

 – Source: www.cdc.gov/vaccines and www.medicinenet.com/flu_vaccination/article
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