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Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot

Gabriele Smith, Reporter

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Is getting vaccinated against the flu a good idea? Influenza (the flu)  is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. A seasonal flu shot is simply the best way to protect yourself against the flu. The typical flu season occurs from fall to early spring. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after treatment. These antibodies give safety against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. (information from CDC, centers for disease control and prevention)

“Fast onset of fever, body aches, and fever”-Michele Smith (nurse practitioner from Paducah, KY)If you think you have the flu, there are many symptoms you may have, including coughing, headache, sore throat, running nose, and fever. This doesn’t sound very fun, am I right? If you get the flu this season, you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun in activities like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Getting your flu shot is essential for this season. Do you know that you can get your flu shot right here in RMS? The Baptist Health Clinic’s hours are from 12-3. Their contact information is 270.538.4202.

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