The Flu Shot: Why Does it Matter?
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) the flu affects between 5-20% of the population a year, depending on it’s severity. These symptoms include coughing, fever, headaches, sore throat, runny nose, and aches and pain. These symptoms tend to keep an individual bedridden for up to a week, which means missing out on work, family activities, social events, and holday celebrations.
Recent studies from the CDC note that flu shots reduce the risk of the illness by 40% to 60% during peak flu seasons. It has also been shown to reduce the severity of the illness altogether and decrease hospitalizations associated with the flu. Even with more people receiving flu shots, the flu still kills about 12,000 to 56,000 people a year. There is an undeniable need for the community the receive the vaccine and protect those whose immune systems may be compromised.
What if I Already Have the Flu?
There are still things you can do to help reduce the affects of the virus or shorten it! Prescription antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications and shorten the severity and duration of the virus. These work best if taken within 48 hours of onset of flu symptoms, but can still help when taken later on. Tamiflu and Relenza are commonly used in the treatment of the flu.
Schedule an Appointment
At Morgan Family Medicine, we can help protect you and your family against the flu. You’re welcome to walk-in or schedule an appointment. We want you and your loved ones to spend the winter season healthy and happy.