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CareSouth Carolina has Immunizations Available to Defend Against the Flu
Flu season is here and healthcare officials are recommending getting the vaccine as soon as possible. “The best defense against the flu is the vaccine,” said CareSouth Carolina Chief of Nursing Tracie Thigpen. “And the best time to get the vaccine is now. We have already had cases reported in South Carolina.”
Typically, healthcare professionals suggest getting the flu shot mid-October or early November, Thigpen explained, but because several cases have already been reported in the area, she says getting immunized is best.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus and can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person. Symptoms may include a sudden onset of fever, cough, headache or muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat and nasal congestion. The flu can cause serious infections like pneumonia.
“It’s just now starting in South Carolina,” Thigpen said, “but other areas had reported cases in August.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every season because it can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and has been shown to be life-saving.
Thigpen also advises those 65 and older get the high-dose vaccine that was recently approved.
The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October, according to the CDC. Here are some facts about the flu vaccine:
To schedule your flu shot contact our office at 843-309-8301.