What is the Flu?

  • A.K.A Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs causes by the influenza viruses

How serious is the Flu?

  • Can be mild to severe
  • Especially for young children, those with long term health conditions, including asthma, neurological & neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney, liver and metabolic disorders, weakened immune systems

Why should I get vaccinated?

  • Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death
  • Even healthy people can get sick from the flu and can spread to others

How does the flu spread?

  • Droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk
  • Less often by touch

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
  • Some people will NOT have fever

How do I protect myself and others?

  • One can be infected and infect others from 1 day before getting sick up to 5-7 days after
  • #1 recommended way – Getting vaccinated is recommended for anyone 6 months and older
  • Handwashing is ++ important
  • Caregivers
  • Parents

Who should get vaccinated?

  • EVERYONE! Unless advised by your healthcare provider/doctor
  • When should I get vaccinated?

    • Every year: 1st because the body’s immune response declines over time 2nd flu viruses are constantly changing
    • Flu season generally runs from October t0 March
    • It is recommended to get vaccinated at the beginning of the season, however you can still get the vaccine throughout the season
    • Flu seasons generally peak in January or later

    Does it work right away?

    • Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination. Which is why it is important to get vaccinated early

    Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

    • The flu vaccine covers you for 3 of the strains of the flu for this year
    • You could still get the flu when taking the vaccine as there are many strains
    • It is possible you may already be carrying one of the other strains

    CTMH | Doctors Hospital Flu Vaccine Info

    • We will have the vaccine at the end of October, first of November
    • Most insurance companies cover the flu vaccine under the wellness portion of your coverage
    • Mon-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm Flu clinic
    • Can come anytime for a shot
    • Questionnaire would be completed with the nurse
    • Call 949-6066 or click here to request an appointment