Publicado: Jue, Diciembre 06, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Need a flu shot? Here's how to get one

Need a flu shot? Here's how to get one

NIVW serves as an annual reminder that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine, according to DCPH. "And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia". However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. The vaccine also is egg free so it can be given to adults who have an egg allergy.

"Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children - three of which were in MS", said Dr. Dobbs.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue. In serious cases, it can cause inflammation of the heart and brain in addition to direct injury to the lungs themselves.

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In the case of those without a history of heart attack, stroke or heart disease, recent studies have shown that regular flu vaccinations decrease the likelihood of future cardiac events.

"Everybody six months and older should have a flu shot", said Sarah Engstrom, Registered Nurse at the Hematite Health Clinic. Seasonal flu viruses continue to appear throughout the year. "Therefore, the effectiveness of influenza vaccination to prevent ICU admissions or death among the total people in hospital for influenza was of 23%, and in particular, 44 % for the group of people aged 65" or more.

Give yourself a Christmas gift early, get a flu vaccination ... especially if you have some heart or lung disease you're dealing with.

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