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The Flu Shot

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The Flu Shot'The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Dr. Stephanie Ashman with Southwest Medical Associates has important information on protecting your health and the health of those you care about.

Influenza causes illness, hospitalizations and death in the United States every year. It can be a severe health risk especially for children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. Most people with the flu tend to get a mild illness but it can be severe and every year about 100 children die according to the CDC. The best way to protect yourself and your kids is to get the vaccine every single year.

The vaccine does not just protect the person getting the shot the vaccine protects the people at home your loved ones as well. So if you have a vulnerable grandmother or grandson, grandchild you can inadvertently bring that virus home even before you are symptomatic and spread that virus to those venerable populations and they can have serious repercussions from that.

The flu vaccine may not be entirely a-symptomatic sometimes it does give you some muscle aches and joint pains but they go away quickly and they absolutely cannot cause the real virus and they will not cause a serious illness.

Hundreds of millions of Americans have gotten this flu vaccine over the last decades, and it has a proven safety record, so I would ask that everybody go and get their flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, health departments, pharmacies and mobile clinics, as well as by many employers and schools. I would encourage people to check out Southwest Medical’s Convenient Care walk-in centers - no appointment is needed.

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