Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's that time of year again! Time for your flu shot! #NoTimeForFlu #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to CVS Minute Clinic for Sponsoring this Post

It's that time of year again! Time for your flu shot!


Who has the time or the energy to deal with the flu?

Just do it!

The Flu Shot is a Must-Do for our family. We get our flu shots every year, and luckily, we have never been hit with the flu in our family. Thanks to our nearby CVS Minute Clinic, we can pop in for the flu mist. It's affordable and convenient, leaving no excuse to not be vaccinated against the flu. Frankly, I don't understand folks that refuse this vaccination, and usually I suggest they read up on the history of pandemic flu

How can I protect myself, and my family from the flu?

Vaccination is the first line of defense against the flu. Eating right, exercising regularly, washing your hands and getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night!) can also help, but the single most effective way to avoid getting the flu, is to get a seasonal flu shot! 

Who should get the shot? 

Since getting a seasonal flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent getting the flu, the CDC recommends that anyone ages six months and older be vaccinated, including those who were vaccinated last season. 

Try some of these daily tips to keep healthy and help to prevent cold and flu: 

• Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. When you wash, wet hands thoroughly, work up a lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based sanitizer is not as effective as hand-washing but it’s a great alternative. 
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and discard of the tissue in the trash. Sneeze into your sleeve if a tissue is not available. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as germs can spread easily that way. 
• Avoid contact with those who are sick. Flu is believed to be mainly spread from person-to-person contact (coughing and sneezing doesn’t help!) • If you are sick, stay home from school or work to keep others from getting infected. 
• Disinfect surfaces. Use a product that kills household germs and be sure to thoroughly wipe down handles, faucets and all surfaces that you touch often – don’t forget your workspace and car! If you use public transportation, be sure to wash your hands as soon as you get to your destination.
 • Think you might be sick? Don’t wait and see – get help right away! Early flu treatment (within 72 hours of exposure to the virus) has been proven to reduce the length and severity of illness. If you think you might have the flu or have been exposed to someone with the flu, see a health care professional right away.

Let's look into some myths about the flu shot and counter them with facts. 

Myth: There's no reason to bother getting a flu shot.
Fact: Not getting a flu shot could impact your family, friends, co-workers and others around you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu shot for people, including school-age children, who want to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu or transmitting it to others.
Vaccination is also recommended for the following higher-risk groups:
  • Children age 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People age 50 years and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • a. Health care workers
    • b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months old (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
The Flu Virus
Myth: Influenza isn't that serious. It's just a bad cold.
Fact: Influenza can have serious results.
  • Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and the worsening of chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
  • Its symptoms, which can disrupt your work and social plans for up to 2 weeks, can include fever, headaches, extreme tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
  • Each year in the U.S. roughly 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from the flu and its complications.

Myth: I'll never get the flu. 
Fact: Influenza strains changes each year.
  • Even if you were immune to influenza strains circulating in the past, you may not be immune to new strains that emerge this season.
  • The best way to help protect yourself from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated.

Myth: I don't get the shot because you can get the flu from the shot. 
Fact: Flu shots can't give you the flu.
Injectable flu vaccines are made from influenza viruses that have been killed, and a killed virus cannot give you the flu.
Fact: Flu vaccines are safe for most people.
  • However, the influenza vaccine is not appropriate for those who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs or to a previous flu vaccination.
  • Vaccination may not be appropriate if you have a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
  • Talk to your health care professional if you have any questions or concerns.

To learn more about the flu, how to keep yourself healthy, and what to do if you do get sick visit and MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings at Check out tips and ways to fight the flu from MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson here:

The fact is that the flu shot will lower your risk of getting the flu virus. So head to your local CVS Minute Clinic today, and get your flu shot! CVS Minute Clinics are open 7 days a week, no appointment is necessary and most insurance is accepted. No excuses!

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