Flu Season 2013

November 16, 2013 | Health Advice | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , ,

IMG_0549[1]Flu season is upon us and Post Rock Family Medicine wants to remind you that it is time for your annual flu shot.

Vaccination against influenza (flu) is extremely important because there is no cure for the flu.  Antibiotics simply don’t work.  Antibiotics are meant to treat bacterial infections and the flu is a virus.  When a person suffering from the flu, there is no need to take these unnecessary antibiotics.  You can read more here about the trouble surrounding unnecessary antibiotic use.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services suggests that anybody age 6 months or older should be vaccinated for the flu.  The benefits of receiving the shot highly outweigh any potential reactions and create a healthier community on the whole.  The more people that are vaccinated against the flu, the less frequently the virus will spread.

The flu is not only serious for infants, the elderly, or chronically sick people.  This one minute video tells the story of a perfectly healthy 12 year old girl who spent 93 days in the hospital because of the flu.

In addition to the flu shot, there are other things we should all do to help prevent the spread of the flu: wash your hands with soap and water, avoid close contact with sick people, when experiencing flu-like symptoms you should stay home until at least 24-hours after your fever has gone down, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue after you sneeze or cough, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and clean and disinfect surfaces that may have been contaminated with the germs.

If you have any questions about the flu shot, please feel free to ask one of our medical providers or check out these frequently asked questions at FLU.gov.