Flu season overlaps with the National Basketball Association’s season—roughly November through March. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “the flu,” as we commonly generalize it, finds its way to make millions of Americans sick (or worse) every year. This raises the question then as to whether you should get a flu shot to help reduce your odds of getting ill.
Even though the CDC recommends an annual flu shot or other option for anyone over the age of 6 months, in many cases, the decision personal. While most medical professionals follow the CDC recommendation, especially for patients at a higher risk of contracting the illness, it is fully understood though that there are good arguments on both sides of the flu shot debate. This article is not meant to advocate for either side, but rather to inform you that we make flu shots available to our patients who want them.
It is important to understand though that getting a flu shot is no guarantee that you will not get the flu. Such is entirely possible; however, CDC evidence suggests though that the flu vaccine may help reduce severity of the illness among those who still contract it post-vaccination, reduce hospitalization, and may reduce spreading among family members and others. A good source of additional information can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
The flu vaccine is not without potential side effects. In fact, for those get an annual flu shot, including this author, it is not uncommon for the recipient to experience mild fever, nausea, and muscle aches. In my case, those symptoms normally go away within a day or two without the need to miss work or regular activities.
If you decide that you want a flu shot, we are here. We are open seven days per week and have vaccines available at both locations in Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. No need to make an appointment, just come see us during office hours when it is convenient for you.