What You Need to Know About the Seasonal Flu Shot


Before you dismiss influenza as a minor illness, you should know that thousands of people die from flu-related complications every year. Experts recommend that everyone older than six months gets a seasonal flu shot every year. It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year because the flu virus is always changing. The flu vaccine is basically a weakened form of the virus itself. Upon injection, the vaccine prompts your immune system to create antibodies that prevent the disease from taking hold. Some vaccines are designed to protect the body from three or four different kinds of flu. There are a small number of people who are allergic to flu vaccines; you might talk to your doctor before vaccinating yourself and your family.

Getting the flu vaccine is an important way to keep yourself healthy, so be sure to reach out to your local pharmacy or the Southern Nevada Health District to find out where you can get your vaccine today!  If you or a member of your family experiences serious flu-related complications, do not hesitate to seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center . Call us at (702) 233-5300 to learn more or use our Text ER service, where you can text “ER” to 23000 to find out the latest ER wait times.

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