Flu Shots And Why It Is Important To Receive Them

As we progress through the weeks and months of 2019, we have reached the heart of autumn once again. This allows us to embrace the many activities that are available now that fall has emerged. However, this also means that we have entered flu season.

Understanding Influenza

The potential of contending with the flu, which is also referred to as influenza, also serves as a reminder that it is important to protect yourself from this highly contagious virus. This seasonal illness impacts our respiratory system and is transmitted through the air.

The virus is transferred in the form of air droplets and can result in various symptoms. Some of these symptoms can appear similar to a common cold such as fever, cough, runny nose, and stuffy nose. But the impact of influenza ultimately is more severe. Body aches, chills, and fatigue can also develop, while young children can also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Usually, symptoms will emerge within 1-4 days after the flu virus has entered your body. It can then be transmitted by healthy adults just one day after an infection, and anywhere from 5-7 days after initially experiencing the illness.

The flu virus itself can also exist in multiple forms which separates it from other viruses. That is a factor in how it is spread and provides the rationale for making sure that you receive a vaccination each year. This becomes your primary safeguard against encountering what can be a serious illness. The need to receive the flu vaccine not only applies to you, but also to all members of your family.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that influenza has resulted in between 9.3 million-49.0 million illnesses. It has also been responsible for anywhere between 140,000-960,000 hospitalizations, and also between 12,000–79,000 deaths on an annual basis since 2010.

This is certainly an unwanted situation for anyone. But even though the risk of contending with influenza can be reduced dramatically by making sure that you are vaccinated, some people remain hesitant about receiving a flu shot. These concerns are unnecessary, and the process of addressing them can provide peace of mind to anyone who is uneasy about receiving a flu vaccination.

Dispelling The Myths Of Flu Vaccinations

Improving your level of knowledge about flu vaccines will diminish any apprehension about receiving a vaccination this year. This includes any questions about the effectiveness of these vaccinations. If this concern applies to you, then it will be beneficial to learn that the effectiveness and efficiency of the flu vaccination process are continually measured through controlled trials and observational studies. The CDC has determined that in 2017-2018 alone, vaccinations prevented around 7 million flu illnesses, 109, 000 flu hospitalizations, and 8,000 flu deaths.

Anyone who has wondered about the specific content of vaccinations can also be assured that the U.S. flu vaccines are reviewed on an annual basis, and updates are made when they are needed. This is done with the goal of combating the circulating viruses. Current flu vaccines provide protection against three of the four viruses that are considered to be most common. Updates on the 2019-2020 vaccines will occur also as part of the objective to remain highly effective against the latest viruses.

Any concern about the possibility of suffering adverse effects after receiving a flu shot can be eased by the fact that these reactions are extremely rare. If you have encountered a reaction to the vaccine in the past, it is important to inform your doctor, or any health professional that might be involved with your vaccination regarding any history of issues following the receipt of a flu vaccine.

Influenza can not only cause extreme discomfort, but the initial symptoms can also evolve into a serious illness. The complications can include hospitalization and even death. All of which should discourage anyone from believing that he or she can benefit from avoiding a vaccination. Instead, there are numerous reasons why flu shots are essential.

Benefits Of Being Vaccinated

Avoiding The Flu – First, the clear advantage of receiving the flu vaccination is that it will allow you to avoid experiencing the flu. In addition to the other statistics that were previously presented, the CDC has stated that the flu vaccine has safeguarded millions of individuals each year. In 2016-2017, the vaccination protected approximately 5.3 million illnesses. It also prevented 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations along with 2.6 medical visits.

Reduced Impact Of The Flu –There is also evidence that this vaccination can decrease the impact of the flu during the infrequent instances in which individuals receive the vaccine but still encounter the illness.

Reduced Risk For Pregnant Women –The CDC also indicates that a 2018 study revealed that a flu shot will reduce the risk of a pregnant woman being hospitalized by approximately 40 percent.

Protecting Others- The flu vaccination also provides a form of protection for others who will come in contact with you. This becomes particularly important for young children and babies, along with adults who already contend with certain health conditions.

Reduced Impact For Children – The vaccination can also decrease the risk of children dying as a result of the virus.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

Fortunately, if you have any concerns or questions about flu shots, or are interested in receiving a flu vaccination, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Flu season has certainly arrived, and you should strongly consider protecting both you and your family members from having to endure the unwanted effects of this condition.

In addition to protection from influenza, we also offer immediate medical attention for urgent care needs that are not critical or life-threatening. At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide both primary and preventive care for you and your family.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients continue to ensure that they will receive the specific type of care that they prefer, regardless of when and how they want it. This include:

  • After Hours Care
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care

Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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