Cold or 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 influenza 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 influenza infection in healthy adults and children. The vaccine is 70% – 90% effective in preventing influenza in healthy adults.
Why Worry About Influenza?
Influenza 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 influenza 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?
Because it 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 influenza 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 influenza, it is recommended that you get vaccinated in the fall, before the influenza season is fully underway.
Please visit our web site for information on upcoming influenza immunization clinic dates and times during the flu season.
The influenza vaccine protects you and your family.