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SEASONAL FLU

Is it a cold or is it the flu?

The common cold is frequently called "the flu," but, in fact, the two are unrelated. The symptoms of flu are far more severe than those associated with a cold, and the potential complications are far more serious.

Why get vaccinated?

The flu shot is proven to significantly reduce the risk of flu infection in healthy adults and children. The vaccine is 70% - 90% effective in preventing flu in healthy adults.

Why worry about the flu?

Flu is a serious, acute respiratory illness that can affect anyone, including children, healthy adults, the elderly and the immuno-compromised. It can lead to serious complications, hospitalization and death.

What is the best way to protect against becoming infected?

The best way to protect yourself is by getting vaccinated. Since people may not exhibit signs of flu even though they are contagious, you may not always know when you have been around someone who is sick therefore, proper hand-washing is critical.

Are there side effects from the vaccine?

Since the vaccination is made from inactivated (dead) viruses, it is impossible to get the virus from the vaccine. Most people experience no side effects after being vaccinated, or if they do, it is a mild reaction, such as a temporary soreness or swelling at the injection site.

Should you get vaccinated if you are pregnant or nursing?

Yes! It is highly recommended that pregnant and nursing women get vaccinated against flu to protect themselves and their children.

When should I get vaccinated?

Since your body can take up to two weeks to produce the antibodies that guard against flu, it is recommended that you get vaccinated in the fall, before the flu season is fully underway.

Please visit our web site for information on upcoming flu immunization clinic dates and times during the flu season.

The flu vaccine protects you and your family.