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Flu Season

Flu season is still here!

Just a reminder to be extra diligent about hand washing.

Consider the times you touch common spaces and make an extra effort to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you’ve washed your hands.

Think of all of those stair rails, hand shakes, door knobs, restaurants and public restrooms!

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) along with ACOG recommend everyone over the age of 6 months gets a flu vaccine unless you’re allergic to eggs, had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past, or have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome. The flu vaccine is intended to protect against influenza. Sometimes when people describe having “the flu” they describe vomiting and diarrhea, but influenza is a viral infection that mostly results in fevers, respiratory symptoms like cough, chest pain, severe fatigue and body aches.

The flu shot doesn’t prevent all cases of influenza, but it has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of symptoms in those who do get the flu. The flu shot is strongly recommended for pregnant women as flu symptoms can be especially severe during pregnancy, sometimes requiring hospitalization. You don’t need a prescription for the flu shot and can get them at most pharmacies.

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