Become a Flu Fighter!

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Flu Season is Here

The flu (influenza) is caused by a virus that is easily spread and results in severe respiratory illness. A flu vaccine is your best chance to avoid the flu. It is typically given as an injection in the arm. The FluMist, a live vaccine typically sprayed into the nose instead of injected in the arm, was previously an alternative but has been found to be significantly less effective over the last several years than the flu shot. It’s best to get vaccinated each year when the flu vaccine is available in your area.

Flu Facts

  • The flu vaccine contains no live germs and will not give you the flu.
  • The flu is caused by a virus. It can’t be treated with antibiotics.
  • The flu can be life-threatening, especially for people in high-risk groups.
  • Influenza is not the same as “stomach flu,” the 24-hour bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. This is most likely because of a GI (gastrointestinal) infection—not the flu.

Contact your primary care provider to learn how to get vaccinated. If you choose to get the vaccine somewhere else, let them know so they can update their records.

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