A man walks into his doctor’s office sweaty and feverish. The receptionist looks over at him and asks, “flu?”
“No”, the man says, “I actually drove here.”
The real flu, however, is certainly nothing to sneeze at! It’s a potentially life-threatening illness that affects a large chunk of Americans each season. In fact, the CDC urges everyone over six months old to get a flu shot every year since the most common strains of the virus are constantly changing. It’s fair to say that the CDC knows their stuff – after all, if there were ever a zombie outbreak, they’d most likely be the ones called in to deal with it – but don’t just take their recommendations.
What You Need to Know About the Flu
- The flu shot saved 40,000 lives from 2005-2014
- It’s predicted that up to 1 in 5 people will get the flu this year
Yeah, but I really don’t need to get a flu shot because I’m healthy. Doesn’t the flu usually just affect certain groups of people?
No! Everyone is at risk for catching the flu and for experiencing potentially life-threatening complications as a result.
If you are in a high-risk group it’s even more imperative you stay protected this season. Find out if you fall into this category here.
Top Three Flu Shot Myths Debunked
Alright, so I should really consider getting the flu shot this year. But doesn’t it have possible side effects?
There are a lot of rumors and half-truths that get passed around about the flu, so let’s set the record straight:
The flu shot can give you the flu
Some people don’t feel well after getting the flu shot
The flu shot can cause serious reactions
Not true! The flu shot does not contain any live flu virus and cannot give you the illness.
Side effects are not very common but soreness and redness at the injection site are the most reported issue. Fever or body aches may occur but are much less common and also considerably better than the fever, body aches and other symptoms most people experience with the flu.
Serious reactions to the flu shot are very rare and most often associated with severe egg allergies. If you do have an egg allergy you may still be able to get the vaccine, but please consult with a physician beforehand.
MedSpring 2017-2018 Flu Shot FAQs
The flu virus changes almost as much as Katy Perry’s outfits. We had cupcakes, neon hair and that pharaoh get up – what’s next? Because of the changing nature of flu strains, MedSpring has updated its offering this season to most effectively prevent against the flu virus.
- MedSpring will offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against:
- Our flu vaccines can be administered to anyone over 12 months old
- We will not be offering the flu vaccine nasal spray as it is not supported by the CDC
A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014(H3N2)-like virus
B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus
Get your flu shot today!