Since the flu season comes every year — and every year it’s different — it’s important to get annual flu shots and schedule a checkup as soon as symptoms start. Expert family practitioner Tim Urell, DO, of More MD, can help you and your family stay healthy this flu season. Book your flu visit at the Sierra Vista, Surprise, or Prescott, Arizona, clinic location today. Schedule online or over the phone.
As with a cold, the flu is treated with lots of rest and plenty of fluids, especially for those who have fevers. If breathing problems or high fevers occur, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. People with the flu should stay home from work or school and avoid other public areas when possible to avoid spreading infection.
The flu shot uses a tiny amount of the flu virus to stimulate the body to produce antibodies, special “agents” target specific germs and destroy them so the infection doesn’t occur. In flu shots, these viruses aren't alive; in the nasal spray, a live virus is used, but it’s very weak (attenuated) and cannot cause illness.
The CDC recommends any person over the age of 6 months should have a flu vaccine to help prevent becoming infected. The vaccine helps individuals stay healthy so they can avoid risk of complications, and it can also help prevent the disease from spreading to other people, especially those who are more at risk for infection including elderly people, people with compromised immune systems, and those with heart, respiratory, kidney, or liver damage or disease.
Flu vaccines can be very effective in preventing infection, but they’re not 100% foolproof. Each year, health agencies determine the most prevalent forms of the flu and develop the vaccine to address those strains. Most people will contract these strains of the virus, but some will develop strains that don’t respond to the vaccine. Taking other precautions, especially in public during flu season, will still play an important role in avoiding infection.
Yes, the flu shot is completely tested and safe. Some people may have localized tenderness, redness or minor swelling, all of which are temporary and can be caused by any type of injection. People who have allergies to eggs should let Dr. Hernandez know since the flu shot uses egg products in production. For those individuals, an alternate vaccine can be provided.
While a nasal spray is usually available each year, it’s typically reserved for the very young, the elderly and other individuals who cannot have a vaccine or in whom an injection isn’t ideal.
To book your flu appointment at More MD, click on the online scheduling feature. You can also call either clinic location directly.