Oh, Flu-ey! Why we do what we do… about the Flu.

The Lead june 2016 - Lifetime Benefit Solutions

Oh, Flu-ey!

Why we do what we do... about the Flu.

flu shot insurance information LBSFlu season is once again upon us, so it’s incumbent upon us to remind you why a flu shot should be on your to-do list.

Influenza is serious business, a disease that can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, death. Consider: Every flu season is different, and flu infections can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

‘tis the season

In the United States, flu season typically begins as early as October and lasts as late as May – otherwise know as when flu viruses are circulating at higher levels. Getting a seasonal flu vaccine (either via flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the single best way to reduce the chances that you will contract it and spread it to others. The more people are vaccinated against the flu, the less flu can spread through the community. Even those who are unable to receive the flu vaccine benefit from others getting vaccinated to reduce the spread of the virus.

Here’s how the vaccine works

Flu vaccines trigger the formation of antibodies (the cells that help us fight infections) to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These cells provide protection against infection from the viruses resident in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season.

The vaccine is a three-fer

The standard flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses. For people 65 or older, a high-dose vaccine is four times stronger than the regular flu shot. Your doctor will tell you what vaccine is best for you.

Resources: www.cdc.gov - Lynn Friedman, RN Health Management Specialist (taken from Interactive Health August 2016 newsletter)


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