Influenza (flu) is a contagious illness that hits our area every year generally between October and May. People who have the flu are often bed ridden for days with fever, cough, fatigue, etc. Many people are infected each year and some develop pneumonia which can require hospitalization. Thousands die each year from the flu. So it is important to protect yourself.
Since it is spread mainly through coughing, sneezing and close contact, practicing good hygiene can help to protect you. However, the Flu Vaccine provides the best protection.
Anyone can get the flu, but getting it can be especially dangerous to young children, older adults, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions…diabetes, heart, lung, immune or kidney conditions. The flu vaccine is especially important for these people and those around them.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends the flu vaccine for all people over the age of 6 months. All pregnant women should be vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy.
Flu viruses change every year. The flu shot is a dead version of the most likely 3 or 4 flu viruses expected to afflict our area. The nasal spray flu vaccine is a live virus. The vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective and its protection can last up to one year.
- Your flu shot is administered by a trained Board Certified IMA Provider.
- Your IMA provider has all of your medical records, that way if you have an issue or a reaction, your IMA Provider has a record of the type of Flu Vaccine you received.
- Your IMA Provider follows very strict Safe Injection guidelines and does not reuse syringes.
- By getting the flu vaccine at your IMA Primary Care Office, you will not have any disruption in your care.
Call your IMA office or one of our Walk-In Centers to get your protection from the flu today.