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December 1-7 is National Influenza Vaccination (Flu Shot) Week

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December 1-7 is National Influenza Vaccination (Flu Shot) Week

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It’s time to get your flu shot! The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. The more people that get their flu shots, equals less flu and less people spreading the flu. According the the CDC, the Flu isn’t a “bad cold” and can result in serious health complications, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and can lead to hospitalization. Flu can sometimes even lead to death.
  • Most people who get flu will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop serious flu complications
  • All people are at risk of developing serious flu complications and certain groups are at higher risk. For people at higher risk, flu is more likely to lead to serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
  • Anyone who gets flu can pass it to someone at high risk of severe illness, including children younger than 6 months who are too young to get a flu vaccine.
  Consider the implications of getting the flu on you and your family. Make an appointment today to get the flu shot.

December 2nd – 8th is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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December 2nd - 8th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. National Influenza Vaccination Week Now is the time to get your flu vaccine If you haven’t gotten yours yet. An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the influenza virus.   National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 2nd - 8th) highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.   The Flu Vaccination Prevents Flu! Flu season is in full force. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against flu. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February in the United States, although activity can last as late as May. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks; the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against flu when activity picks up in your community.   Does everyone need the Flu Vaccine? According to the CDC, a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. Vaccination to prevent flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.   Everyday Actions to Prevent the Flu In addition to getting your flu vaccine this season, the CDC also urges you to take everyday preventive actions to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. The CDC says everyday preventive actions include the following:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
  Call us and make an appointment to get your flu shot today! Or for more information, talk to your doctor.  

Take steps to avoid the flu.

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Take steps to avoid the flu. avoid the flu It’s fall. Fall not only brings beautiful colorful Colorado leaves, but it also brings cooler temperatures. And even more so, fall means the flu season is upon us. Last year’s flu season was the worst on record. According to the CDC, 2017-2018 was classified as a  high severity season with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for influenza-like illness, high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the United States for an extended period. The CDC estimates the flu caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually in the U.S. since 2010. While estimates for last season won’t be available until later in the fall, it’s likely that last season was record-breaking across both of these key indicators used to track severity. It’s not possible to predict how severe the upcoming season will be, but we know that the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is a flu vaccine. Flu viruses make you feel like every part of your body is sick, but infect nose, throat, and lungs and can cause a wide range of complications. Sinus and ear infections, as well as in moderate to severe cases pneumonia are examples of moderate complications from flu. Flu virus infections can also cause serious complications like inflammation of the heart (myocarditis), brain (encephalitis) or muscle (myositis, rhabdomyolysis), and multi-organ failure (for example, respiratory and kidney failure). Flu can also trigger an extreme inflammatory response in the body and can lead to sepsis, the body’s life-threatening response to infection. The U.S. experienced high rates of hospitalization and severe disease during the past seven flu seasons. Flu vaccination can help keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also helps protect the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. Make an appointment today to get your flu vaccination before the flu season is in full swing.

New Year’s Resolution – Get your flu shot!

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FluShot Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? If not, we have one for you: Keep yourself and those around you healthy during the flu season. The best way to prevent the flu is to get your annual flu vaccination. You might be thinking that it’s too late to get a flu vaccination, or you think you may not need it, but flu season usually peaks in February and can last as late as April or May. Getting vaccinated now can still protect you against the flu this season. There are two types of flu vaccines available.

  • Flu Shot: The flu shot, usually given in the arm, is approved for most people 6 months and older.
  • Flu Nasal Spray: The nasal spray vaccine is approved for healthy people ages 2 through 49 years who aren’t pregnant.
If you have a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, or if you’re pregnant, you should get the flu shot. Every year, about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu and it can be serious. Some complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration, worsening of chronic medical conditions, and even death. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. So resolve to do what you can to stay out of the sick bed in the New Year: get your flu vaccine today. It’s an easy New Year’s resolution to keep!  

Have a healthy holiday season!

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healthy happy holidays Have a healthy holiday season! In lieu of the upcoming holidays, here are a few general tips from the CDC to keep them merry and bright.

  1. Stay warm! Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  2. Wash your hands. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs, Especially with flu season starting to pop up. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Stress Management for Your Holiday Season Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Be Smart and Don’t Drink and Drive! Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but non-smokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  5. Practice Seat Belt Safety. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
  6. Healthy Holiday Screenings. Get exams and screenings. Ask your healthcare provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  7. Vaccinate for your safety and others. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  8. Keep them safe too! Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  9. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  10. Food Safety for Family Meals Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.
  Happy Healthy Holiday from all of us to you!

Why you should get your flu shot!

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flu-shot You’ve probably been asked a few times lately if you’ve had your flu shot. If you haven’t and would like more information read a few information bits from the CDC about the flu and flu shots. 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. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread 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. Looking for more information? Ask your doctor and schedule your appointment to get your flu shot.

Why you should get your flu shot!

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flu-shot You’ve probably been asked a few times lately if you’ve had your flu shot. If you haven’t and would like more information read a few information bits from the CDC about the flu and flu shots. 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. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread 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. Looking for more information? Ask your doctor and schedule your appointment to get your flu shot.

It’s time to get your flu shot.

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flu shot Flu vaccinations are a regular topic in healthcare news. With the latest CDC report recommending getting the flu vaccination before flu season approaches, it’s important to know the facts about flu vaccinations and why they are important.   Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even lead to death. Every flu season is different and can affect people on different levels, but even healthy people can get very sick from the flu.  During what are considered “flu seasons” the virus is circulating at higher levels, which causes many more cases during peak times.   The best way to reduce your chance of getting the flu is get get vaccinated. It will keep your chances of getting it much lower, as well as reducing the chances of spreading it to others. The goal with getting the flu vaccination now, rather than during flu season,  is to decrease the spread before it arrives in the community. The recommendation is to get it before October at the latest. Contact us today ask additional questions and to schedule your flu shot appointment.

Fight cold and flu season.

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At this time of year, it seems everyone around you has the flu, or at least a severe cold. The person in line at the grocery store, sneezes on their cart handle. A stranger in the security line at the airport coughs on the conveyor belt bin. A little girl is rushed off to the bathroom by her mother at the mall because she is feeling sick. Sickness seems to be everywhere! But, how do you protect yourself from getting sick?   Getting your annual flu shot is a start, but how does it work? After receiving the flu vaccination, antibodies develop in your body about two weeks after receiving it. These antibodies provide protection against the influenza virus that are included in the vaccine. A seasonal vaccine protects against influenza viruses.   Vaccinations protect against the influenza viruses that have been indicated through research as the most harmful influenza strains for the upcoming flu season. Traditional vaccines called trivalent vaccinations, generally protect against three different strains or variations of the influenza A viruses (H1N1, H3N2), and an influenza B virus. Additionally vaccines are commonly made to protect against four additional viruses, called quadrivalent vaccines that protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.   Ask your doctor for more information about the flu vaccination and protect yourself from getting sick.

Cold and Flu Season

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It has arrived, yet again - cold and flu season. This year, why not be prepared? Cold and Flu Getting the influenza vaccination is one step closer to preventing the spread of the virus, as well as keeping you from getting sick. Everyone 6 months of age or older should be vaccinated for the flu each season. Those considered high risk (younger children, elderly, etc.) are at even more risk of complications from influenza and should check with their doctor to see how often they should be vaccinated. Also, be prepared and know the signs and symptoms of influenza. Many people may actually have influenza when they think they only have a common cold.   Signs and symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the symptoms are much worse than a common cold if you have the flu. Fever, body aches, and tiredness are more common and intense with the flu, rather than a common cold. Your physician can help you determine whether or not you have the flu. Be prepared this upcoming flu season and keep yourself healthy. For more information about the flu shot, take a look at the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) website  or talk to your physician today.