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Time for your Flu Shot!

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Did you know flu season is here??

Flu season is quickly approaching and we need to discuss PREVENTION and appropriate treatments!  The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated EVERY YEAR!  The Centers for Disease Control talks about the three actions we can all take to protect ourselves and others against flu.

Lets take a dive into what we can collectively do to keep each other healthy!


Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine each year, especially those that are high risk (we will talk about who is at high risk and who should not get a flu shot below).  Getting vaccinated has a lot of benefits – it reduces illness, doctor’s visits, time away from school and work and, most importantly, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.  A very important 2017 study done by the CDC showed that vaccination decreases these complications by more than HALF!!!  That’s huge!

  1. Healthy Habits to Prevent Spread

Did I mention to get vaccinated??!!  Its also very important to use regular hygiene such as covering your cough, sneezing into your elbow, and HAND WASHING to help stop the spread of germs in general.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick and, when you are sick, please stay home!  Multiple viruses and bacteria are spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching each other – not just flu!  In the cold, we tend to gather inside, which means it is easier to spread illnesses such as RSV, whooping cough and the common cold as well!

WASH YOUR HANDS!  Lather soap and wring hands together for one minute to effectively kill germs.  If no hand-washing is available, use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Come on in to New South Family Medicine and grab one!  We have plenty!

Make sure to disinfect touched surfaces at home, work and school, get plenty of rest, hydrate, stay active, manage your stress and eat nutritious foods!!

  1. Treatment

There are anti-viral medications available if one tests positive for the flu.  In most cases, it is not necessary to test or use anti-virals to diagnose and treat.  If you get sick, stay home, stay hydrated and avoid contact with others to prevent spread.

High Risk Groups , however, such as someone with cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, young children or adults age 65 and older, are more likely to suffer complications.  We reserve anti-viral drugs for these patients, to try to decrease their illness time and prevent hospitalization.  At any point, if you aren’t sure about your illness, call Dr. Mendelsohn and Helen and we will guide you through your treatment options!