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5 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot this Year

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banner ad with little girl throwing leaves up in the air to promo flu vaccinations As we head into the flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic, getting your family protected with flu shots at Osceola Medical Center is more important than ever. Learn why it is so important this year to get vaccinated.

Although flu shots won't protect against COVID-19, there are five main reasons to get your flu shot this year:

  1. The flu spreads easily.
    The flu virus spreads through a person's cough, sneeze or droplets that enter through the mouth or nose. To help prevent the spread of flu, and any other respiratory infection, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and stay home when you’re sick. According to the CDC, you can spread the flu virus days before symptoms appear. To reduce the chance of getting the flu in the first place, be proactive with the flu shot.
  2. The flu shot could reduce future trips to the doctor.
    When unvaccinated, the flu can lead to severe symptoms such as dehydration, bacterial pneumonia and sinus infections. It can also lead to hospitalization or even death. According to the CDC, flu shots prevented around 4.4 million influenza illnesses and 3,500 flu-related deaths during the 2018-2019 flu season.
  3. The flu shot can reduce symptoms if you do get sick.
    Each year, the CDC modifies the flu shot with strains that are most likely to occur in that season. Flu shots help reduce the chances of getting those flu strains included in the vaccine, but it also reduces the severity of symptoms in other flu strains as well.
  4. The medical center has increased safe measures.
    To make sure our community is getting the flu shot during the pandemic, OMC has increased safety measures this year. “With the goal of maintaining social distancing, OMC is requiring scheduled appointments to control the number of patients in our facilities,” explained Clinic Manager McGee Smith. “Additional safety measures are in place to reduce the spread of disease including personal protective gear and additional cleaning schedules.”
  5. Help conserve medical resources.
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been medical supplies shortages across the nation such as masks, gloves and testing materials. If an increase in severe influenza cases occurs this year, it could further strain the resources available.

Schedule an Appointment

The flu season typically starts in October and could extend through March or even April, make sure your family is protected before the season starts. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community. Schedule your flu shot today, call 715-294-2111 or visit My.OMC.org/flu to learn more.

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