The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. We administer the influenza vaccine to our patients in the fall and winter, with the goal of giving protection before the illness hits the area.
Each year, thousands of Americans get sick with the flu, and many people are hospitalized with complications. During the 2013-2014 flu season in the United States, more than 100 children died due to severe influenza illness.
There is only one form of vaccine this year. Only injectable flu shots will be given. Recent studies have shown that the nasal vaccine was not effective therefore it is not available this year. The more people who are protected, the less likely it is for the flu to become widespread in our community.