As temperatures cool down and leaves start changing colors, we know that flu season is right around the corner. The flu, or influenza, is a complex, highly-contagious virus that is nearly impossible to predict. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza. It also helps protect those around you who are unable to receive the vaccine, like people who are undergoing cancer treatment, people with immunity problems or life-threatening allergies, or babies younger than 6 months old who are too young to receive the vaccine.
This year, infection prevention experts recommend the injectable (shot) form of the flu vaccine; the FluMist nasal spray vaccines are no longer recommended due to ineffective results. We know getting shots can be scary for kids, so we created Children’s Comfort Promise to help ease your child’s fears during these types of procedures. Visit the Children’s Comfort Promise page to learn more about preventing and treating needle pain before your family’s next appointment for vaccinations.
If you or your family hasn’t received this year’s flu shot, now is the time. Remember, it takes about two weeks for your body to make protective antibodies after you receive your vaccine, so the sooner you get the shot, the better. Flu shots are offered at all of our 12 primary care clinics throughout the Twin Cities. Find a location near you and schedule an appointment today.
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