November 1, 2019

The flu shot. Should you get it? Who else should get it?

Short answer: everyone.

Should I Get the Flu Shot?

“One of things I continue to be presented with or concerns that I continue to get asked often in on our visits with patients is whether or not they should get the flu shot,” says our very own Scott Ulrich, PA-C here at Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center. “And right now as we look at what’s happening and as we move into flu season it becomes more and more relevant. It’s absolutely something that we want to address with all of our patients and with the community.”

Here at Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center, we follow the guidelines presented by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has come out and made the recommendation that everybody receive a flu shot. Children six months and older should always receive a flu shot and there are very few exceptions to that and we follow those same recommendations.

There are definitely some high risk patients out there that kind of get to top priority. For example, if you’re over the age of 65, young children, or anyone with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD. We strongly encourage those patients to get in and get their flu shot.

“However, above and beyond that we make the recommendation for everybody to come in to get their flu shot,” says Ulrich. “Not only to protect themselves but also to protect the community.”

It’s Not Only About You

Ulrich believes that one of the hardest things they try to help teach patients is that there’s a lot of misunderstanding out there.

“People come in thinking ‘Well, I’m young, I’m strong, my 20 year old body can fight off the flu,'” says Ulrich. “The hard thing is to help them understand that if they carry the flu virus they can affect and infect other people before they realize it.”

Our recommendation to our patients and to the community is to come in and get your flu shot. We offer them here at our office along with the majority of pharmacies here in Idaho Falls and of course a lot of other clinics offer them as well.

“Let’s make sure that we’re getting you vaccinated to help prevent the flu and to help prevent a transmission of the virus in our community.”

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

The CDC has come out and made the recommendation that anybody six months old and older get the flu vaccine. For that very young population they make the recommendation that all pregnant mothers get vaccinated. That being said, if you’re pregnant you’re a top priority and you move right to the front of the list. Especially if you’re in your third trimester. We encourage that because your body is going to build up antibodies and those antibodies are going to help take care of you. They’re going to help take care of your baby and even after birth that antibody is going to help prevent sickness in your newborn.

“Absolutely. Young infants aren’t getting vaccinated right now if they’re under six months,” says Ulrich. “However moms are being vaccinated and they’ll carry that and they’ll help share that with their babies. But, keep that in mind if you’re an expecting mother or father. Even an expecting grandparent. If you know a new baby that you’ll be close with is in your near future then absolutely this is a top priority. Make sure that you’re being taken care of you so that you can take care of those infants that you’re going to be around.”

We also make recommendations in the way of general prevention. Simple things like washing your hands, taking good care of yourself, keeping yourself clean, and cleaning off those surfaces at home that come in contact with a lot of people. We can’t stress this enough so we’ll put it in a list for you:

  • Wash your hands
  • Take good care of yourself
  • Keep high-contact surfaces clean
  • If your kids are sick and running a fever keep them home from school and activities

Do everything you can to avoid transmission of the virus. Let’s do what we can to help prevent the flu from circulating through our community here in Idaho Falls.

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