Be a Flu Fighter!
200,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S.
each year for seasonal flu complications.
If you haven't already done so, now's the time to get your annual flu shot. The contagious respiratory illness can cause fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, and extreme fatigue. It also can cause severe complications or even death in people with chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
This year, the FDA has approved a new type of flu shot that uses a very fine needle to inject the vaccine into the upper layer of the skin. It's available for people ages 18 to 64. The more common flu shot, as well as a separate, high dose flu shot for those 65+, are injected deeper into the muscle. Healthy people ages 2 to 49 and who are not pregnant also may choose a nasal spray flu vaccine.
Last year, flu cases peaked in early February, so it's a good idea to talk with your doctor about the need for a flu shot and, perhaps, a pneumonia vaccine.
St. Anthony's Urgent Care Centers offer a convenient, fast way to get a flu shot.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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