Getting a yearly injection to prevent the transmission of influenza is both safe and socially responsible. You can protect yourself, your friends, and your family by getting the flu shot annually at either the Franklin or Brentwood, Tennessee, offices of Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PLLC. The team of board-certified internal medicine and pediatric specialists provides the flu shot to prevent dangerous complications from contracting the flu. Call Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PLLC, or schedule an appointment online today.
The flu shot is an annual vaccination that protects you and your family from the flu. Influenza is a virus that mutates rapidly, which means it changes from year to year. Medical researchers study the flu and create a new vaccine every year to protect you from the most prevalent flu strains.
Flu shots, like other vaccines, work by introducing attenuated (weakened) or killed pathogens into your body. The components in the vaccine cannot make you sick, but they do trigger your immune system and stimulate the production of antibodies to fight off the virus. The antibodies stay in your body, and if you come into contact with the flu virus at a later date, your body is ready to fight off the infection and help you stay healthy.
The flu is a potentially dangerous illness. Every year, doctors across the United States provide 31.4 million outpatient appointments to diagnose and treat the flu and hospitalize more than 200,000 people. During the 2017/18 flu season — one of the longest flu seasons in decades — over 80,000 Americans died from the flu and related complications.
Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to the flu, as is anyone with a compromised immune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months have a flu shot. You’re not just protecting yourself from illness — you’re also protecting your family and your community.
The doctors at Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PLLC, offer annual flu shots and can answer your questions about the vaccination. Depending on your age and health needs, you may have options.
Yes, you do need a flu shot every year. The flu virus mutates rapidly, which means that it’s slightly different every year. You should aim to have your flu shot as early in the season as possible. The flu season usually starts in October and peaks in January or February.
If you and your family haven’t had your flu shots for the year yet, call Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PLLC, or make appointments online today.