Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza. Vaccines can lessen the incidence or severity of flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations, doctors’ visits and missed school or work. Health care providers at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will begin to offer flu shots during the month of October, and MGH Shelton Family Medicine will host two flu vaccine clinics for anyone to participate, both from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 12. Call 360-426-2653 for an appointment at the flu vaccine clinic. Walk-in appointments are also welcome.
Is the flu shot safe?
The flu vaccine is safe and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other partners to ensure the highest safety standards for vaccines.
When can I get a flu shot?
The flu shot is available from Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics health care providers starting this October. October and November are the optimal months to get a flu shot in order to maximize your protection.
When is it most effective?
For most people, an annual flu shot offers protection for about six months, and your immune system needs about two weeks after a shot to protect you from the virus. It’s important to get your flu shot every year because flu viruses are constantly changing and vaccines need to be updated each season.
What are the side effects of the flu shot?
The most common side effects of flu vaccines are mild and can include soreness, redness and/or swelling from the shot, headache, fever, muscle aches and nausea. These side effects are not the flu and usually subside in a day or two.
How can I stay well?
• Wash Hands Regularly: Use plain soap and warm water, and carry around an alcohol-based hand gel when you cannot wash your hands.
• Cover Your Cough: If you cough on your hands, wash them as soon as you can.
• Stay Healthy: Eating fruits and vegetables, getting plenty of rest and exercising can help you resist infection.
• Quit smoking: Access resources to quit smoking and keep your children away from secondhand smoke. Smoking can cause cold-like symptoms.
• Protect Your Family, Your Home: Clean countertops, telephones, toys, cups and sinks after they have been exposed to a sick person. Breastfeed your baby to reduce colds and infection risk.
• Stay Home When You’re Sick: Rest at home if you’re sick. If you have a fever, wait at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Ask your health care provider about the flu vaccine today. Find a provider to contact via the Provider Search on our website, www.masongeneral.com.
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