Community flu vaccine clinic returns

September 18, 2015

Ministry Health Care is reminding the public about the importance of receiving the influenza (flu) vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receives the vaccination each year.

“As a health care provider our goal is keeping our patients safe,” said Ryan Andrews, MD, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “The best defense against the influenza virus is vaccination.”

Patients can receive their flu vaccine at a regularly scheduled appointment (855-664-2778) or receive the vaccine at Ministry Medical Group community flu vaccine clinic on the first floor of the Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital campus at 900 Illinois Ave, Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, from 2 pm - 7 pm.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. According to the CDC, symptoms include:

 Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not the everyone with flu will have a fever)
 Cough
 Sore throat
 Runny or stuffy nose
 Muscle or body aches
 Headaches
 Fatigue (tiredness)
 Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Complications of the flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and can cause chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes to get worse.

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