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  • Five reasons you need a flu vaccine

    Fight FluGet your family vaccinated. FightFlu After last winter’s deadly flu season, during which more than 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses — the most in forty years, we’re more determined than ever to prevent the spread of flu in our community. Here are five things you should know about the flu and the flu vaccine:

    1. You need a flu vaccine.

    Yes, you. “The flu vaccine saves lives, period,” Dr. William Pankey, Vibrant Health pediatrician said. “Everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine.” Not only will the flu vaccine protect you, but it will also protect those around you — young children, the elderly, your coworkers, family, neighbors and more. If you don’t have the flu, you can’t spread it to vulnerable people you interact with each day.

    2. Pregnant women can get the flu vaccine — and it’ll help keep baby healthy after birth, too. 

    Pregnant women are at a higher risk for developing complications from the flu, more often leading to hospitalization. Pregnant moms should get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, and their baby. Studies have shown that when pregnant women receive the vaccine, it goes on to protect their baby for several months after birth.

    3. You can’t get the flu from the vaccine.

    Although a common “urban legend,” you can’t get the flu from the vaccine. Some patients will have a mildly sore arm, and a very few – 1% – will develop a low fever, which is the not the flu, it’s the body reacting to the vaccine.

    4. The flu can be deadly.

    Last year was one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent history, with more than 80,000 people dying from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. Sadly, this number also included many children who had been healthy prior to contracting the flu.

    5. The flu vaccine reduces flu-related hospitalization for children and adults.

    If you get the flu vaccine, and then still happen to get the flu (which unfortunately does happen), your illness will most likely be more mild. A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012. Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57%.

    Have we convinced you yet? Everyone over the age of six months should receive a flu vaccine by the end of the year, and we’re here to help make that happen. Call the clinic to schedule your appointment today: 913-342-2552. We look forward to helping you stay healthy this winter!

    Have questions? Check out this flu vaccine information from the CDC. 

    Author: Kristin Littrell

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