Flu_shotYou can help prevent the flu by getting your flu vaccination. Believe it or not, the flu can be a very serious illness. The flu has been responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and even deaths each year.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that all persons age six months and over receive a flu vaccine. The shot is approved for pregnant women to receive as well. It is especially important for those with chronic medical conditions to have a flu shot. You should consult with your physician before obtaining the shot to see if you are allergic to any of the components of the vaccine.

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccination and Saint Joseph Health Systems in Plymouth will host a FREE flu shot clinic on Wednesday, January 31st in the hospital lobby from 3 p.m. till 5:30 p.m.

These are just some of the symptoms of the flu:

  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Fever with a temperature over 100 degrees
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches or muscle and join aches
  • Nausea or diarrhea

If you do get sick with the flu, you need get as much rest as possible and stay hydrated to maximize recovery. You should avoid interacting with others, as this can also trigger the flu for the other person. You can also visit our facility to obtain prescription medication for stubborn symptoms, or if your condition has not improved after a couple of weeks.