Fall…..ah! The weather is changing (hopefully), Football consumes our weekends, the Holidays are upon us… oh and um… it's also the season of the dreadful… FLU Virus!
Many parents ask the question…should my family get the flu shot?!? The answer to that questions is going to be different based on the person answering. The flu shot is very controversial. Many people have their own opinions and theories on the Vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of adults (aged 18 years and older) received a flu vaccine in recent years. The flu is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract. Symptoms for the flu include: chills, fatigue, fever, body aches, dehydration and much more. Flu symptoms can mimic the symptoms of the common cold but is much more serious and in some cases even fatal. The CDC recommends that people of all ages get the flu shot. We have 5 great reasons why everyone should get vaccinated sponsored by Rapid Urgent Care.
No Appointment Necessary and Usually Covered Under Insurance
Many places other than Doctors Offices offer the vaccine. From Pharmacies to Urgent Cares such as Rapid Urgent Care, you can walk-in and get your flu shot. Most insurances do cover the flu shot at 100 percent and some may have a small co-pay. Just think how much cheaper that is than TamiFlu. Just make sure you have a picture ID and your insurance card when you do go get your flu shot. It also just takes a few minutes. Time well spent!
You Can’t Get the Flu From the Flu Shot
Working in the Medical Field I hear this myth almost everyday- especially during flu season. The vaccination uses a dead version of the virus. However, FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, does contain a live virus. Always opt out of the mist, this is usually just given to children. If you do happen to get the flu after a vaccine it is usually due to the fact that you contracted the virus while your body was developing antibodies to the vaccine. The flu shot can take up to two weeks to start working.
It Can Save Your Life
Do we even have to elaborate?!? Influenza is an extremely dangerous illness. Like mentioned above some people think their symptoms are just the common cold. In most cases the flu can only be diagnosed by a swab (that is VERY uncomfortable). After being diagnosed positive for the flu the patient has to immediately start taking an antiviral medication, TamiFlu. This medication is very expensive and sometimes very hard to find. Some cases of the flu do result in hospitalization and even can be fatal in serious cases. Getting a flu shot does not protect you 100 percent from the flu, but it does give you some sort of protection against the strains of the flu that we will come in contact with that year.
Save Those Sick Days
According to Flu.gov, The flu accounts for 111 million lost workdays and $7 billion in lost productivity and sick days annually. This is A LOT! After a patient is diagnosed with the flu they will be ordered to stay home in bed or even hospitalized. The flu is highly contagious and spread very easily from person to person. This is why we have flu epidemics. So save those sick days for relaxing on the beach with a cocktail!
Sooner, Not Later…
Flu season can start as early as October and can last until March. There is no way to really tell when or if the flu season will be a bad one or not until it hits. Typically the best time to get a flu shot is in the months of October and November. Like mentioned previously it takes about two weeks for your body to build antibodies to the vaccine, that is why the CDC suggests that the vaccine should be received before the flu viruses occur. The vaccine can also run out or be hard to find when we enter the winter months. Don’t wait… vaccinate!
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not visit our sponsors Rapid Urgent Care.
ABOUT RAPID URGENT CARE
Located at 3908 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA which is on the corner of Vets and Cleary in the same shopping center as Regions Bank. Rapid Urgent Care is open every single day of the year including holidays and has a physician on site to access, diagnose, and treat your concern. Rapid Urgent Care commonly treats ailments such as the flu and flu-like illnesses. These include colds, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, and strep throat. We also treat sprains, minor trauma, and fractures. Our on site X-Ray facility can help to determine if have a broken bone or perhaps just a strained muscle. Learn more by visiting their website and liking them on Facebook.
Katie is a native New Orleanian and currently lives in Metairie with her two boys, Vince 11 and Dominic 9. She works full time as a Community Educator in the medical field. Katie spends most of her time at the baseball and football field cheering on her boys who are both very active. On free weekends, which come few and far between, you can find Katie working out, trying new restaurants and having cocktails with friends. She loves fashion, wine, and anything and everything NOLA.