Fight the Flu!
September 07, 2017
Summer is almost over, which means it’s time again for football and … flu. And while we can’t help with defense on the field, ARC is here to help you defend against the flu.
Get a flu shot. It’s the single best way to defend yourself against the flu—every year. Check out the schedule to find a location close to you.
You can also protect yourself by:
- Washing your hands.
- Coughing into your sleeve.
- Staying home if you have a fever.
Why mount such an intense defense against the flu?
Seasonal influenza, or “the flu,” is a serious contagious disease that affects the nose, throat, and lungs.
What does that mean that it’s a contagious disease?
When a person has the flu and coughs, sneezes, or talks, the flu can spread to others up to about 6 feet away. The droplets from the sick person’s cough can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or they can be inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms start one to four days after the virus enters the body. But you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Adults are contagious beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days.
Each year 5% – 20% of the US population gets the flu, and nearly 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications. But the flu vaccine can keep you healthy. In fact, this year’s flu shot fights 4 strains expected to spread this flu season.
Who should get the flu shot?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. It takes two weeks for your body to develop the protective antibodies, and the vaccine lasts throughout the entire season, for up to a year. For this reason, the CDC recommends you get the flu vaccine as soon as it’s available – which is now!
Debunking flu vaccine myths
There has recently been some false information circulating on the internet about the dangers of the flu vaccine and vaccine effectiveness. Read the attached document to help clear up a few myths about the flu vaccine.
Make an appointment at a flu shot clinic at an ARC near you!
ARC offers the flu vaccine to established and non-established patients. Check out the schedule to find a location close to you.
Your best defense this fall – get a flu shot.