Should I Get the Seasonal Flu Shot?

Should I Get the Seasonal Flu Shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a seasonal flu shot. A seasonal flu shot not only protects you from a serious disease that may lead to hospitalization, it can also help your body build infection-fighting antibodies and protect your heart. This is especially true for those with pre-existing, chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. When you combine the flu virus with a pre-existing or chronic illness, your already taxed immune system may not be able to fight the flu virus on its own.

Still not convinced?

5 reasons why you should get the seasonal flu shot

  • You can spread the flu to other people, even if you don’t get sick.
    Young, healthy people may carry the influenza virus without ever experiencing any signs or symptoms, but it’s still contagious.
  • You can protect a child under 6 months.
    Babies younger than 6 months are much more susceptible to the influenza virus than adults. Unfortunately, they cannot get a flu shot; but you can help keep them safe by getting yourself vaccinated.
  • Your smartphone can give you the flu.
    Viruses can easily cling to hard, plastic surfaces, like your smartphone as well as the tables, chairs and counters you set it on.
  • The seasonal flu shot cannot give you the flu.
    This is a myth, the flu vaccine does not contain live flu virus.
  • It might spare you a heart attack.
    Influenza causes inflammation throughout your body, which can cause arterial plaque to dislodge and form a blood clot.

If you haven’t received your seasonal flu shot yet, there is still time! For flu shots in Pomona Valley, visit Pomona Valley Health Centers and protect yourself (and those you may come in contact with) from this severe flu season.

National Immunization Awareness Month: The Importance of Immunizations

importance of immunizations

In the last 50 years, immunizations have saved more than a billion lives, preventing countless illnesses, disease epidemics and disabilities in the United States alone. Unfortunately, vaccine-preventable diseases are still a threat to those who do not receive their immunizations, and continue to infect many people each year.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Each summer, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) highlights the importance of vaccines and why people of all ages should stay up to date. Getting immunized not only protects you from getting a serious or life-threatening disease, but it also helps protect others who are not eligible for vaccinations due to certain factors like illness, age, pregnancy, or allergic reaction. 

Four reasons to get vaccinated:

  1. Reduce your risk of contracting serious diseases
  2. Prevent passing on a serious disease to your friends or loved ones
  3. Help protect those who can’t get vaccinated
  4. Avoid the medical costs of getting sick

What vaccines do adults typically need?

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Td/Tdap (Tetanus,diphtheria, and pertussisg., whooping cough)
  • HPV(human papillomavirus)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Zoster
  • MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Shingles

Learn more about vaccinations

You may be reading a host of opinions about whether or not to get you and your family vaccinated. Many are falsely associating vaccinations with a number of adverse effects, including the development of autism. It’s important to know that extensive research has proven that vaccines are safe and have no correlation with autism. In fact, immunizations have had a positive impact on the health of many children and adults for decades –– making serious diseases nearly extinct. If you’ve avoided vaccines so far, or are confused about what to do, we strongly encourage you to visit your primary care doctor and get the facts you need to make an educated decision.

The experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers provide complete family medicine, including proactive preventive care. Our board-certified doctors deliver the care you need to ensure that you and your family enjoy a healthier tomorrow. If you’d like information about how we can help keep you healthy, call (909) 536-1493 today.