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January 18, 2013

NASH: The flu is in the news

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Every year the Center for Disease Control has to come up with a new vaccine in order to cover the predominate strains of the annual virus. Each year it also tries to come up with a more effective dose. The CDC does admit a 60 percent effective rate is way better than nothing. Also, those who do get the flu after receiving a flu shot have symptoms that are less severe. People that get the flu after the vaccination are less likely to need medical treatment or end up in the hospital or dead.

Mark your calendars next October and plan to get vaccinated for the flu early for the next flu season. There is no excuse for not getting one since they have been available just about everywhere for the last few years. Besides getting one at your regular doctor’s office during a normal checkup, you can also get them from any various health clinics. For the last several years flu shots have also been available at most retail pharmacies since now pharmacist can be certified to administer vaccinations. 

The cost of a flu shot ranges usually between $25 and $35 and should not be a deterrent to getting the vaccination. It is cheaper than a doctor’s appointment or a couple of bottles of Nyquil if you were to become sick. It is also way cheaper than an emergency room visit or a stay in the hospital. Many insurances cover the cost of the flu vaccine with many just needing a small co-pay. Check with your insurance company in order to find out exactly what is covered and for how much it will be.

If you do come down with the flu or any illness you should do your best to avoid people. Stay home from work or school if possible and avoid crowds at all cost. If you must go out you should wear a surgical mask. It may look silly to the people around you, but you are doing it to protect them.

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