Let's talk about the Flu....
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called “trivalent” vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
-- taken from the CDC Official website. For more info, click here
How much does it cost?
This largely depends on your insurance coverage, Medicare benificiaries get the flu shot for FREE!
When can I get a Flu Shot?
Call ahead to make sure one of our vaccinating pharmacists are on duty, or contact us using the form below. appointments are not necessary.
Will I get sick?
A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. Our flu vaccine is made with flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious. The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.
Does it hurt?
Not half as much as the flu does! One small scratch now can save you from the misery of influenza, and for those at higher risk could mean the difference between hospitalization or worse.
Questions? Let's talk...
Marion Pharmacy Central
232 South Main Street
Marion, NC 28752
Telephone: (828) 652 4661
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