Another year has passed and it’s time to get your flu shot again. If you’ve never gotten the flu you may question whether you need the vaccine. On the other hand, if you have had the flu before, you will welcome the opportunity to get immunized. With the flu you may have symptoms like fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, severe widespread muscle aches, extreme fatigue or exhaustion, and headaches. If those symptoms don’t sound like fun to you, just visit your local ProHealth office and get immunized.
Flu vaccines are recommended for anyone over 6 months of age, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. It takes about 2 weeks after you’ve received the flu shot for the antibodies that provide protection against the flu virus to develop in the body. If you are a healthy individual between the ages of 2 years and 49 years old you may opt for the FluMist, which is a nasal spray. No needle required! Unlike the flu shot, made from an inactivated virus (dead virus) the FluMist is made with a weakened flu virus that does not cause the flu. The FluMist protects you even sooner. FluMist is approved for use in healthy individuals that are not pregnant.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each season, it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people that run that risk.
- Children younger than 5
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years old or older.
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
- People that live with or care for those at high risk for complications
The cost of the seasonal flu vaccine is $28 and the FluMist is $38. Let us help you stay healthy this flu season!
ProHealth office locations:
- Santa Rosa Beach 850-267-0360
- Ft. Walton 850-243-2900
- Crestview 850- 689-7592
- Milton, 850-626-3430
- Pensacola 850-434-6168 or 549-3379
- Gulf Breeze 850-677-0737
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