It’s Flu Season:
- Schedule your flu shot today to protect yourself and your family this flu season
- Stay feeling your best, and don’t miss out on time with your family, work, or social activities
- Evening and weekend appointments are available to work with your schedule
The influenza virus is a contagious respiratory illness. Symptoms, including fever, chills, aches and pains, fatigue, coughing, and chest discomfort, can be mild to severe. The single best way to prevent the flu and all of those unpleasant symptoms is by getting a flu vaccination each fall.
Even if you got a flu shot last year, it is crucial to get one this year as well. Flu viruses change from year to year, and the flu vaccine is updated annually to provide protection against the current circulating viruses.
Learn more about all the flu vaccine options available this season.
Don’t Let Common Myths Prevent You from Getting a Flu Shot
MYTH: The flu isn’t so bad…
- The flu is a contagious disease that can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia.
- Pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications.
- The flu can make even otherwise healthy people sick enough to miss significant amounts of time at work or school.
MYTH: I might catch the flu from the vaccine…
- The flu shot is made from killed influenza viruses, but killed viruses cannot give you the flu.
- The most common side effects from a flu shot are a sore arm, a low fever, or mild aches. All of these are preferable to days in spent sick in bed, catching a severe illness, or even being hospitalized.
MYTH: I’m healthy, so I don’t need the flu vaccine…
- Anyone can become sick with the flu and experience serious complications, even people who are normally active and healthy.
- Flu viruses are unpredictable, change every season, and you are at risk for the flu every year.
- Remember, you may be around someone who is at high risk for the flu such as a baby, your grandparents, or a friend with a chronic medical condition. Get your vaccination to make sure you don’t spread the flu to a loved one.
MYTH: I missed the vaccination season, so it’s too late for me to get my flu shot…
- Even though it’s recommended to get the flu vaccine early, you can still protect yourself after autumn.
- Viruses begin to circulate early in the fall, but a flu shot can still protect you and your loved ones in the winter.
So, if you are wondering, “What travel shots and vaccinations do I need?” or “Where do I get a flu shot (influenza vaccine)?” dont't delay and schedule an appointment with your Passport Health Travel Clinic today