ACHOO! Flu season is upon us. Did you know this year alone anywhere from 5% to 20% of the U.S. population will become infected with the flu? In addition, influenza data trends show us that an average of 200,000 people this year will be hospitalized and of those people, roughly 3,000 to 49,000 will die because of flu-related causes. It is because of these startling statistics that the Center for Disease Control recommends everyone older than 6 months of age receive a flu vaccine, especially those at high risk, including pregnant women and women with weakened immune systems. (Source: http://goo.gl/a2tyUy)
Keep you and your loved ones safe this season by knowing the symptoms – it may be more than just the common cold. Influenza is a virus that infects your respiratory system and produces common symptoms such as high fever, body ache, fatigue, and coughing, however with more serious health risks and ramifications. The flu can be easily spread from coughing, sneezing, and touching, leaving someone contaminated and not showing signs of sickness for up to four days. (Source:http://goo.gl/4FxCj)
So, what is your surest way of avoiding the flu this year? Get your flu shot!
Beginning, September 2017, Mid-Carolina Obstetrics & Gynecology is happy to offer all patients flu shots at both of our office locations. By receiving a flu vaccine, your body will build up antibodies to fight off any potential viral infections. If you have questions about protecting you and your loved ones with a flu shot, contact us today at 919-781-5510. Mid-Carolina looks forward to caring for you this flu season. Schedule your flu shot appointment with Mid-Carolina today!