Protect Yourself: Flu Season is Around the Corner

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Get Your Flu Shot

Protect yourself, your family and the community by getting a flu shot this year. Renown Health will be offering flu and pneumonia vaccines to the public through early December. Check out our seasonal flu shot schedule to find a time and location that’s convenient for you.

With flu season approaching fast, it is never too early to begin thinking about getting a flu shot. Renown has 25 events scheduled through early December to help make it even easier to get vaccinated. 

But just who should get the flu shot? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza.

Is it the flu or a cold?

The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. Your healthcare provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu.

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100 degree or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a ever and worse cough

Bottom line: Your best chance of avoiding the flu this season is to get your flu vaccine. And experts advise: the earlier, the better.

For questions about flu vaccination, contact your primary care physician or visit an upcoming Renown community flu shot event.

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  1. Seriously? Am I reading your 2017 Flu shot schedule correctly? There is only one opportunity north of Professional Circle, and that is not until mid-Nov.? And not one event at the Renown Main Campus - a 3mi. round trip vs. 26 mi. round trip (on bicycle) to Prof. Cir. Are there any reasonable options - e.g., Senior Care Plus Primary Physician?
    • Hi Ric! In addition to the dates/locations listed, flu vaccines are available starting in September from your primary care provider or at any urgent care location. Vaccines are also available at flu shot events, most pharmacies and possibly your workplace. To make an appointment with a Renown provider, call 982-5000 or request an appointment online.
    • Hi Jenny, Here is the link to the schedule. Thank you for reading! https://www.renown.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-HTH-Flu-Shot-Schedule.pdf
    • Hello Kristy! In addition to events at The Shops at Renown, there will be seasonal flu shot events at the Reno Town Mall, The Summit and Senior Care Plus. Please see the full schedule: https://www.renown.org/wp-content/uploads/Flu_Flier_2016-1.pdf Thank you for reading!

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