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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

Maintenance Care

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During a pandemic such as COVID-19, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure our immune system is at it’s best. Some things we can do are eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and following through with our “Maintenance Care”. Our “Maintenance Care” as I call it is everything from yearly physical exams and immunizations, dental checks, to follow up appointments on other health care issues we may have.

Now that Virginia is in Phase Three, it may be a good time to safely make those appointments or look at options to continue to optimize your health. Most offices have specific guidelines in place, so call and review the specifics before going. Always wear your mask and wash your hands before and after with soap and water or hand sanitizer. If it still makes you uncomfortable or you are unable to go out, look at other options such as telehealth visits. Always consult your primary doctor if you have specific questions. Below are some visits you may want to consider.

- Yearly physical exam - more frequent for young children and infants
- Required immunizations - especially for children, and yearly flu vaccine
- Dental cleaning and check - many diseases start in the mouth.
- GYN exams and yearly mammograms – early detection is key!
- Colonoscopy – for those over 50 and based on family history.
- Dermatologist and skin checks – again, based on family history, and early detection is key.
- Vision screening – yearly for people who wear glasses and contacts.
- Medical specialists – continue to follow as directed, again see if possible or do web visits/ televisits.
- Mental Health Specialists – now more than ever there is more stress and feelings of loneliness; know that you are not alone and please reach out for help.

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