This Flu Season: Stay Warm. Stay Healthy.
It’s that time of year again! There’s a chill in the air and jackets, scarves and gloves are becoming necessities. While everyone is focused on staying warm, shockingly, less than half of North Carolina residents will take simple measures to stay healthy. The flu vaccine is a safe and easy way to protect yourself and those around you from the devastating effects of the flu. As we move into the chilly months, LeBauer Primary Care has some facts and statistics that (we hope) will get people thinking about their ability to make a difference this flu season. And if you live in Greensboro, N.C. or in surrounding counties, getting your flu shot at one of our primary locations will be quick and painless.
What exactly is the flu?
Influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu” is a contagious respiratory virus that can become severe and lead to life-threatening complications and an inability to work. The flu is often divided into several categories or strains. Each of these strains can mutate, producing new viruses each year. This is why it is important to receive your vaccination annually.
Why should I be concerned?
According to the CDC, flu activity peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Even if you are healthy, it is important to get vaccinated for the protection of others. Flu can be deadly for babies and the elderly. In fact, 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in those 65 and older.
What is in the flu vaccine?
Handwashing and healthy habits are commendable, but the flu vaccine is the best possible way to prevent the spread of influenza and to lower your chances of becoming infected. Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine does not contain the live flu virus, so it cannot give you the flu. It contains inactivated viruses that simply allow your body to develop antibodies.
What is the outlook for this season?
While it is difficult to predict how many people will get the flu this year, one thing is certain: that number can be significantly reduced if more people get the flu shot. Last flu season, only 42% of adults and 57% of children in the U.S. received the flu vaccine, and 107 people in North Carolina died from the flu. This year, you can help improve these numbers by coming to LeBauer Primary Care for your flu shot.
Get your flu shot today!
It can take up to two weeks for your flu vaccination to start providing protection. Give us a call today to schedule your visit. With extended hours, we are working to make it a simple task for all patients.