Thursday, November 29, 2018

Flu Season Is Upon Us: Top Five Things To Know

Last season’s historic influenza-related death toll is driving more people to get vaccinated
this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 80,000 people died from the flu, while more than 900,000 were hospitalized, during the 2017-2018 season.

To help people get ready for flu season, we connected the President of the Urgent Care Association (UCA), Dr. Sean McNeeley, with Prevention magazine for a five-part series about the importance of getting the flu shot. The resulting five articles not only educated, but also helped position UCA as an expert on the topic. Here is what we learned:
  1. It’s not too late to get vaccinated – The flu season has only just begun and won’t wrap up until April. If you get your shot now, you’ll likely be protected for months to come. 
  2. Don’t procrastinate – As it can take a few weeks for the vaccination to take effect, you should get your flu shot ASAP.
  3. If you’re sick, wait it out – If you get your flu shot when you’re very sick, the vaccine may not be as effective and it can prolong the amount of time it takes you to get better.
  4. To ward off the flu, follow some simple steps:
    • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to avoid spreading of germs and viruses
    • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Avoid close proximity to sick family, friends and co-workers
    • Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep and reduce stress in your life
  5. Find an urgent care center near you – With walk-in, after-hours and weekend availability, urgent care provides on-demand access to flu shots, cold and flu treatment.
You can read the complete flu series at Prevention.com. Stay healthy and influenza-free this season!

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