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Flu Shot 2020

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It is Autumn and time to schedule your Flu vaccine. 

Still not sure whether to get the flu vaccine? Here is some information you should know.

Who should get a flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception.  If you are not sure contact your physician or Nurse Practitioner for advice.

When should you get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends September and October are the best times.  The vaccine will last until early Spring.   

How effective is the seasonal flu shot?

Influenza (flu) vaccine effectiveness can vary. The protection provided by a flu vaccine varies from season to season and depends in part on the age and health status of the person getting the vaccine and the similarity or “match” between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation.

What are the side effects that could occur?

Common side effects from a flu shot include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. The flu shot, like other injections, can occasionally cause fainting.  The flu vaccine does not cause you to get the flu. 

Can a flu vaccine give you flu?

No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e., flu shots) are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus. 

What protection does a flu vaccine provide if I do get sick with flu?

Some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. However, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

(CDC, 2020)

The Health and Wellness Ministry are looking out for you. 

Take care of yourself especially with both COVID and the flu just around the corner.   

"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD" ~ Jeremiah 30:17

Perks of Giving Blood During the Pandemic

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Many blood drives (including ours) have been cancelled, but blood is still desperately needed! If you ever wondered if you have had Covid-19 and just did not show symptoms or had mild symptoms and wondered if it was Covid-19 - this is a way to find out and could help others.

If you Donate blood through one of the INOVA sites (appointment only, no walk-is), you will automatically be tested for the COIVD-19 antibody!!!

You will receive an email if you test negative for the antibody.

If you test positive, you will receive a phone call and they may ask you to consider being a convalescent plasma donor after you have been symptom free for 14 days. Your plasma should be rich in immunoglobulins that may be helpful to patients who are actively fighting a COVID-19 infection. 

https://www.inovablood.org/donate-blood/where-can-i-donate/

Three Inova Blood Donor Centers are open and taking donors by appointment only to facilitate social distancing (includes CentreMed, Dulles and Woodburn Donor Centers).

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