Flu Vaccine

Sep 2014


It's that time of year again, flu season is right around the corner and hopefully, many of us will be getting the flu shot. 

Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May. It's caused by the influenza virus and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Each year thousands of people in the U.S. die from the flu, and many more are hospitalized. Flu can make some people much sicker than others. Pregnant women are included in this group.*

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as well as ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) stated, "Influenza vaccination is an essential element of preconception, prenatal and postnatal care, because pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness, due to seasonal and pandemic influenza. Since 2010, influenza vaccination rates among pregnant women have increased, but still need significant improvement. It is particularly important that women who are pregnant or will be pregnant during influenza season receive an inactivated influenza vaccine as soon as it's available."

It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year. The injectable inactivated flu vaccine does not contain live flu virus, so you cannot get the flu from this vaccine.*  

Flu viruses are always changing. Each year's flu vaccine is made to protect against 3 or 4 viruses that are likely to cause the disease that year. Flu vaccine cannot prevent all cases of the flu, but it's the best defense against the disease.*

This flu season, the Doctors at Ob-Gyne Associates of Libertyville are offering the flu shot to all current patients that are candidates, at their regularly scheduled appointments. Drs. Spellman, Morrison, Schaefer and Nakanishi are strong supporters of this important vaccine. If you’re not sure and have questions, please ask! We’re here for you J

Here's to your health!

by Val Dinklenburg

Appointment Coordinator/Information Liaison @OB-GYNE Associates of Libertyville, S.C. 

*U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014-2015




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