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Washington County Hospital: The Importance Of Getting A Flu Shot

The weather is beginning to look like fall and with this change comes the start of the Flu Season. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death per the CDC. Everyone should get a flu shot annually but it is very important in young children and the elderly. It is reported by the CDC that between 80 to 90-percent of flu related deaths have occurred in people over the age of 65 years old.

The flu shot is a vaccine that is developed to help increase antibodies in your body to help fight off and resist the influenza virus. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. There are several different flu vaccine option for this flu season. The vaccines available are: the standard dose vaccine that fights off 3 to 4 different flu viruses, a high-dose shot, a nasal spray vaccine, and an egg-free vaccines for those with egg allergies.

The CDC recommends that everyone from 6 months old should receive a flu shot every year. This is recommended for two reasons. The body’s immune response from the vaccine declines over time and due to the constant changes in the virus, the new formulations for the flu vaccine are reviewed and updated each year.

When should you be vaccinated?

Everyone should get their flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Washington County Hospital and Medical Group are currently offering flu shots to patients. Please call the WCH Central Scheduling line at 618-327-2223 to make an appointment.