Each fall the leaves begin to turn, the air gets colder, and the flu bug begins its return to our area. It is so important to get a flu shot to stay healthy! Many individuals think they get “more sick” after the shot, but several years ago a study was done comparing the illnesses that occurred among those that got the influenza vaccine versus those who got “sugar water”. At the end of 30 days, there were just as many sore throats, colds, etc in each group. The flu shot will not keep you from catching a cold, but it does help reduce your chance of having a major illness from the influenza virus. In addition, studies have shown that the flu vaccine reduces your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke by 15%. (Those who did NOT get the vaccine had 15% higher chance of having these medical problems.)
So, the Bottom Line: Please for your sake, and your family and friends, don’t wait, and get your flu shot now.
We have the high dose flu vaccine available for our patients in the office. No appointment is necessary, just walk in and we will help you stay healthier by getting the injection.