By Cara Mahon, Pharmacist
With influenza (flu) season rapidly approaching, it’s our job and passion to ensure the community understands the importance of getting the flu shot. The flu vaccine protects you from influenza which is a respiratory illness that can be very severe and lead to death. Common symptoms of influenza include:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
So, what can you do to help keep your family, friends, and community stay safe this year?
The CDC and medical staff here at Murray County Medical Center recommend all patients receive an annual flu vaccine. And it is highly recommended everyone receives it by the end of October. It can take up to two weeks to develop an immunity to influenza after receiving the vaccine, so the sooner you vaccinate the better! And, have peace of mind that you are protected with preservative free flu shots here at MCMC. We also have a large supply of high dose flu shots for those 65 years and older.
10 Reasons Why It’s Important to Get the Annual Flu Shot
- The flu vaccine provides protection to people around you who can’t always protect themselves (those with chronic health conditions, etc.) Children and older adults age 65+ are also at higher risk. We do have regular, pediatric and high doses available here at MCMC.
- It protects infants under 6 months old who cannot receive the flu vaccine and often do not have a strong immune system. Babies rely on their caregivers, family and the community to get the vaccine which, in turn, reduces their risk of exposure to the virus.
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce flu illnesses, hospitalization, and even death in children.
- The influenza virus can spread from person to person up to two days before an individual shows signs or symptoms. So, you could potentially get infected with the virus from someone else before they know they have it. Then you could infect others before you know you have it, and so on.
- While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.
- Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests will be common during the upcoming flu season.
- Your protection from a flu vaccine declines over time. Yearly vaccination is needed for the best protection.
- The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. It’s made up of an inactive, weakened virus that does not cause the flu, but sometimes people may react to it which is their immune system recognizing the virus and building up protection to it.
- During the 2016–2017 season, vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations.
- A 2017 study showed that flu vaccine can be life-saving in children.
It takes 5 minutes to get your annual flu shot. One shot can ensure you see your grandchildren over the holidays, do not miss days or potentially a week of work and keep you and your loved ones safe. Vaccinate yourself and protect your loved ones. Get your annual flu vaccine today!
MCMC Flu Shot Costs/Dosage:
- Regular Dose: $25
- High Dose: $50
- We have a large supply of high dose so if you’re 65 or older please stop in to get this type of flu shot for the best protection!
Flu shots are billed through insurance or can be paid at the time of your visit.
Flu vaccines are available during clinic hours here at MCMC Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.
Walk-ins are welcome! Protect yourself. Protect Your Loved Ones. Get Your Flu Shot
*Information from http://www.cdc.gov