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Influenza Is On the Way

Labor Day has past and the holidays are right around the corner.  As the seasons change and cooler weather arrives, flu season follows close behind.  People debate on the benefits of receiving a flu vaccination, and some people believe the vaccination hand delivers the flu to his or her system.  The flu vaccine contains an inactive flu virus based on worldwide flu trends and analysis. According to The Arizona Partnership for Immunizations (2010): “sometimes when your body responds to the vaccine you feel a little run down for a day or two.  This is really just your immune system working on building the antibody to fight the flu, not symptoms of disease.”

Although symptoms are similar to a cold, influenza is a virus.  Often symptoms are not present during the first day of contagiousness. A good rule of thumb is if you are running a fever (greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) you are generally considered contagious. In addition to receiving an annual vaccination, properly and frequently washing your hands with warm soapy water is a step towards avoiding the flu.  If you should contract the virus stay well hydrated, rested and take in plenty of nutrients for healing and recovery.

Flu vaccinations are available for patients as young as 6 months of age to end of life and should be discussed with your family health care provider or pediatrician to learn more about the risks and benefits of this very important immunization.

For additional information regarding the current 2011-2012 flu season and vaccination please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season.

In health and wellness,

Desert Bloom Family Practice

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