Flu Shot

Flu Season Predicted to be Significant this Year

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 5:45pm

  Millions of Americans get the flu each year.  Some years ahve worse cases than others, and this year unfortunately seems to be shaping up to have a bad flu season.

  "This year looks like it's actually going to be a little bit more significant than usual as far as what I have seen."--Dr. Pernell J. Simon--Family Medicine

  Like many people, I have never gotten a flu shot.  So before I decided to get the vaccination I set down with a doctor to go over common questions that most people would ask about getting the flu shot. 

  First question:  Can I get the flu from getting the vaccination?

  "It's a misconception that you can get influenza from the shot.  It is not possible to get the flu from getting a slu shot."--Dr. Simon

  When is it too late to get the flu shot?

  "It's almost never too late to get the flu shot, but certainly we like to see people get the flu vaccination somewhere in late October and early November.  That's normally when we start to see influenza break out."--Dr. Simon

  Last but not least, why is it important to get the flu vaccination?

  "It's important because every year influenza is a big problem.  In fact, it can make you quite ill.  It can even cause a hospitalization if you become ill enough."--Dr. Simon

  With all of this information, I decided to sit down and get my first flu shot.  Now it did sting a little and my arm is sore, but I would rather a sore arm over a miserable week in bed with the flu.  So I hope you can take some time out of your day to get a flu shot and help protect yourself and others against the flu.

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