Travel and social events increase during the holidays, giving the flu virus more opportunities to spread. December 6-12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, serving as a reminder to all of the importance of getting a flu shot.
Weatherford Regional Medical Center encourages you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others from the flu.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe illness and serious cases can result in hospitalization or death.
“It is crucial for everyone over 6 months of age to get vaccinated,” said Adam Khadbai, MD, Board Certified Family Medicine. “The flu shot is not guaranteed to prevent the flu, but minimizes your chances of contracting the virus. If you do get the flu, the shot will help minimize the symptoms. It is especially important for young children, adults over the age of 65, and individuals who have a high risk of developing serious complications to get vaccinated.”
Individuals who should not get the vaccine are children younger than 6 months, people who have previously had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine and those with a severe egg allergy. Individuals who have a moderate-to-severe illness, with or without a fever, should wait until they are recovered.
Illness and injury are never convenient, but Lone Star Express Care is. Located at 5700 E. Interstate 20, Service Road South in Aledo, patients can get walk-in attention for common health problems including cold and flu symptoms. Open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm, with special hours during the Holidays; Lone Star Express Care accepts most insurance, including Medicare. There is no emergency/urgent care physician office co-pay for an Express Care visit; regular office visit rates apply. For more information, please call 817-489-7400.
“The flu vaccine cannot cause the flu and a very small percentage of people experience serious side effects from the vaccine,” said Khadbai. “Some may experience mild side effects such as soreness and redness of the injection site and low grade fever and aches. These usually happen after vaccination and are short lived.”
Besides receiving the flu vaccine there are some additional healthy habits that can help prevent you from getting sick. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, keep your hands away from your face and stay away from sick individuals. If you are sick, stay at home and give yourself time to recover.
For more information about flu vaccination, or to find a physician who can help you with health concerns, visit WeatherfordRegional.com or call 682-582-1000.
About Weatherford Regional Medical Center
Weatherford Regional Medical Center is a 103-all private bed hospital and network of medical clinics serving Parker County. A dedicated and experienced medical staff offer over 30 medical specialties and services ranging from comprehensive imaging, interventional cardiology, a 24-hour emergency department, labor and delivery suites, and much more.
The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Press Ganey Summit Award and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. For more information, call 682-582-1000 or visit www.weatherfordregional.com.