Why Get the Flu Vaccine?

It’s that time of the year again – the youngsters are back in school and we spend less time outside (confining germs to easily transferable indoor spaces), which means by mid-November flu season is in full swing!  So should you get vaccinated?  Healthcare professionals and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both say “yes!”

Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around every year, typically between October and May.  Even if you haven’t had the flu in years, you are not immune to it.  Anyone can get the flu, at any time.

The flu is more dangerous for some people, especially infants, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions.  Getting the flu vaccine can not only prevent you from getting the flu, it can also make it far less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading the virus to other people.  It’s important to remember that while you may be able to handle a 24 hour flu-bug, not everyone recovers so quickly and easily, so we encourage you to do your part in keeping the virus at bay in our community.

To schedule an appointment for your flu vaccine, call the Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health at 608-348-4330.

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