Here’s What You Need To Know About The Flu This Year
As the 2019 flu season approaches Colorado, it is helpful to educate the public on key facts about influenza, commonly called “the flu.” While Metro Urgent Care offers flu prevention, flu testing and treatment, our team believes knowledge is power. Read on to discover some important facts about the flu or “influenza,” specifically in the Denver, Colorado area.
What is Influenza (Flu)?
According to the CDC, the “flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.”
Have you gotten your flu shot yet?
MUC offers $25 flu shots at our Denver walk-in medical clinics from 8am – 8pm seven days a week. Last year’s Colorado flu season was the worst in recorded history, so health officials are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. Flu vaccines work by causing antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. The CDC says, “these antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.” While the flu vaccination is the best way to prevent against the flu, Colorado residents should wash hands thoroughly, avoid contagious persons, get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated.
Will The 2019 Flu Season Be Worse Than The 2018 Flu Season?
Unfortunately, it is too early in the season to make any predictions regarding the severity of the upcoming flu season. However, if the 2019 season is anything like last year’s, it could be one of the worst in history. According to the CDC, “the 2017-18 season was the first season to be classified as a high severity across all age groups.” Furthermore, the CDC website provided the following stats regarding the 2018 flu season- “During the 2017-2018 season, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks.” In layman’s terms, it’s estimated that over 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the United States last year, which is the highest number in 40+ years. Unfortunately, last year’s flu season was responsible for a recorded 180 pediatric deaths, the highest to date (80% of these pediatric deaths occurred in children who did not receive a flu vaccination).
Who Should Get A Flu Shot?
Most people should get a flu shot. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination, provided they are healthy during the time they receive the shot. Those younger than 6 months of age, those with potential life-threatening allergies, or those with Guillain-Barré Syndrome should not get the flu shot. If you are unsure if you should or should not get a flu shot, contact MUC and speak with one of our licensed medical professionals.
When Should You Get Your Flu Shot?
Health professionals recommend getting a flu shot by the end of October or early November. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies to fully take effect, so getting a flu shot early in the season is ideal.
I Rarely Get Sick, So Why Get A Flu Shot?
While it is true that healthy individuals might not get the flu in any given year or over the span of a couple years, there are plenty of good reasons to still get vaccinated. Why? Infants, those with compromised immune systems, and the elderly might catch the flu from a non-vaccinated carrier, which could result in serious illness or even death.
Can’t I Still Catch The Flu If I Get A Flu Shot?
The CDC estimates that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the virus by about 40 to 60 percent. You might still catch the flu this year, yet it could be less severe if you have gotten a flu shot, which decreases your chances of pneumonia and hospitalization. He
How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?
Those who are sick with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Adults in good health might infect others beginning 1 day before their symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick. NPR compiled a short video about how long infected persons are contagious with the flu. Watch it below:
Do you need a flu shot, flu testing or flu treatment? Call, check-in online or walk in to any of our convenient Denver care clinics from 8am – 8pm seven days a week.
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- Quebec – 3890 Quebec St Ste A-B Denver, CO 80207
- Hampden – 500 W Hampden Ave. Englewood CO, 80110
- Federal Blvd – 7320 N Federal Blvd Westminster, CO 80030
- Parker in Aurora– 6482 S Parker Rd Aurora, CO 80016
- Monaco Pkwy in Denver– 850 S Monaco Pkwy Suite 10 Denver, CO 80224
- West Colfax – 10590 W Colfax Ave Lakewood, CO 80215
- Gartrell in Aurora – 7460 S Gartrell Rd Aurora, CO 80016
- Lewis Way in Lakewood – 2595 S Lewis Way Suite A Lakewood, CO 80227
- Wadsworth in Westminster – 9960 Wadsworth Pkwy Westminster, CO 80021
- US Hwy 287 in Lafayette – 297 US-287 Lafayette, CO 80026
- Arapahoe in Centennial – 2241 E Arapahoe Rd Centennial CO, 80122
- 144th Ave in Broomfield – 3950 W 144th Ave Broomfield, CO 80023
- 120th Ave in Broomfield – 6450 W 120th Ave Broomfield, CO 80020
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