Are you protected from flu this year?
Time to act now.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses. The flu vaccines can differ based on age and risk factor. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. The estimated flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people per year. About 80% to 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Talk to your healthcare provider about what kind of flu vaccine you need for the upcoming flu season. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100224.htm for recommended “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu.
Even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine right here in KEYSTONE MEDICAL URGENT CARE. Call 215-293-9560 to learn more about our special offer for flu shot.