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  Natalie Fernandez   November 2, 2015   Health, Flu, Illness, Wellness 0 Comments

Why you and your family need the flu shot

Velocity Care explains why the flu shot is importantFlu shot

As fall makes way for winter, the flu virus comes along for the ride, but be aware: The visit is not so friendly.

The flu entails a high risk and rate of death from the disease. From 1976 to 2007, this virus was the cause of nearly 49,000 deaths in the U.S. Currently, there are three common types of the flu virus currently spread among people: influenza A, the H1N1 virus; influenza A, the H3N2 virus; and influenza B viruses.

Benefits of flu vaccinations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Therefore, physicians advise getting flu shots as early as October. The vaccination not only helps prevent the flu, but also has many other benefits, including:

  • Protecting people who are at greater risk of succumbing to the virus like

    • Older adults

    • People with chronic health conditions

    • Pregnant women

    • Young children

  • Reducing the risk of serious outcomes

    • Helps protect pregnant women and their babies

    • Reduces flu-related hospitalizations

Available vaccines

Although the flu shot serves to address one disease (the flu), there are still several vaccines available. The different vaccines are labeled according to age and they come in many different forms, including:

  • High-dose trivalent shot – for those 65 years and older

  • Recombinant trivalent shot – for those aged 18–64

  • Standard-dose trivalent shots – for those as young as 6 months of age

You should note that while the flu shot is a good way to avoid the flu, it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t still contract the virus. Don’t let that deter you, though. Getting a flu shot can protect you and others. Reasons you may still get the flu despite being vaccinated include exposure to the virus prior to receiving the vaccine or exposure to a strain of flu that isn’t part of the seasonal vaccine.

If you, a family member or even a friend hasn’t received a flu vaccine yet, now is the time. You can avoid catching this dangerous illness by simply visiting a Velocity Care clinic, where our experienced staff will take care of you. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a clinic near you.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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