Doctors Stress Importance of Flu Vaccine

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 5:00pm

Well, it hasn't hit hard yet, and it may not, but that doesn't mean you don't need to be prepared, just in case.

Flu season is underway right now and while Valley Day and Night Clinic hasn't seen very many cases, only about two or three a week, medical professionals at the clinic say that doesn't mean people need to let their guard down.

"Sometimes the flu can hit hard as late as March, even into Spring break we can still see flu cases. So each year depends on the strains that are out there," says Dr. Michael Jenks of Valley Day and Night Clinic.

This year's flu season vaccine covers between twenty to thirty strains of the virus, including the H1N1 virus.

Dr. Jenks suggests that everyone get the flu shot, but especially those with other medical conditions and the elderly.

Vaccines are out there that cover both kids and adults. Jenks said taking proactive measures to protect yourself and your kids could save you from unfavorable illness in the upcoming months.

The vaccine coupled with a few other things can reduce your risk of catching the contagious virus.

"I think that with the flu and other things that can spread from person to person, it's useful to wash your hands...a common source of picking up the flu virus, as well as other illnesses or viruses from your own hands," says Dr. Jenks.

Other reminders, cover your mouth when you cough and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth as these areas are gateways for transmitting germs.

The flu vaccine takes effect in about one to two weeks for healthy patients.

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