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Flu Survival Guide

By Brandon Davison-Tracy, MD
So far, the 2014-15 flu season has been more challenging than most; we are diagnosing flu in numbers that we haven’t seen in years. Here’s a quick guide to understanding why, and some things you can do to stay healthy this flu season.
Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine
Many families are questioning the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine. Though it is not common, it is possible for certain strains of flu to mutate after the vaccine has been created. That happened this year, and as a result, the flu vaccine is only effective in about 50 percent of those vaccinated.
It is still important to get vaccinated!  
Even if this year’s vaccine is not a perfect match for the strain of flu going around, the vaccine still lessens the burden of flu. The vaccine also can protect against other circulating strains of flu. Keep in mind that it is not too late to vaccinate. The flu season lasts through March and sometimes even April, so if you or your children haven’t yet received the vaccine, we strongly recommend getting it as soon as possible.
Make sure other vaccines are up-to-date.
Flu preys on weak immune systems, so be sure your and your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
Stay home if you are sick!
We know that life is busy, and that it’s hard to miss work and school, but it is very important to take flu seriously. If you or your child have symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat and cough, please stay home. Call your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you or your child needs to be seen and treated for flu.
As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns about flu or anything else regarding your child’s health. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015.
Posted: 1/6/2015 7:39:57 AM by | with 0 comments
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