Get Your FREE FLU VACCINE at FHCB Health System
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GET THE FLU SHOT.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year.* A flu vaccine is even MORE important for the following groups as they may have weakened immune system to fight the flu or they may develop complications which could put them at risk of dying from the flu:
Some people who get a flu vaccine may still get flu, but studies have shown that vaccination makes illness less severe if you do get sick.
Schedule your flu vaccine appointment today or call our office at (410) 354-2000 if you have any questions.
*FHCB Health System recommends vaccination in accordance with the CDC immunization schedule.
WHAT IS INFLUENZA (FLU)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
PERIOD OF CONTAGIOUSNESS
- You may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
- People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.
- Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
- Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
SCHEDULE YOUR FLU SHOT BY APPOINTMENT
All adults need to arrive to their appointments with their masks or face coverings already on. Please keep your mask or face covering on at all times throughout the visit. Children, whenever practical, should be wearing masks.
FLU STATISTICS & FACTS
- In the U.S., millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu every year.
- Every flu season is different, and flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, but receiving a flu vaccine every year offers the best available protection against flu and has been shown to reduce illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths from flu.
- In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, flu vaccination is even more important than usual to decrease the burden of flu overall and help conserve medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
FLU PREVENTION STEPS
- Get a flu vaccine each year to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.
- Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting sick from them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes to avoid getting others sick.
- Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of the flu.