Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's Flu Shot Season

Cough, cough, sniffle, snort. Oh my, it seems like someone may be getting a cold or worse yet THE FLU!!
It’s that time of year again. Flu season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to protect ourselves and others by getting the flu vaccine.  Some wonder if, when, and why they should get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine prevents the flu in 70% to 90% of young, healthy adults.
First, the facts about the big question “Why should I get vaccinated?” Influenza is a virus as most of us know and viruses are more contagious and spread easier than bacterial illnesses. The flu vaccine protects against three types of the influenza virus the most common are Influenza A (H1N1), Influenza B, and Influenza A (H3N2). We recommend getting the vaccine every year because the virus mutates so easily. 
The flu vaccine is beneficial to many and should be given to all ages from six months of age and older. Those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, C.O.P.D, Immuno-compromised, children age 2-5, and the elderly 65+ should receive the vaccine yearly. The vaccine begins to build antibodies about two weeks after vaccination and some studies show the effects to last as long as one year.
So whether you’re young or old, healthy or ill, the flu vaccine will always be beneficial to help protect not only yourself but the community from spreading the virus. So come on down to Health and Wellness Services to receive your Flu Shot starting September 17th. The first 400 students to come in will receive their shot for FREE!
For more information about the flu shot, visit Families Fighting Flu.
- Asia Miller: Medical Assistant