Protection from the flu doesn’t just cover you: You’ll protect yourself, your family and the community by getting a flu shot this year. Renown, Hometown Health and Senior Care Plus are offering pneumonia and flu shots to the public through early December. Check out our seasonal flu shot schedule to find a time and location that’s convenient for you.
The changing temps don’t only usher in colder temps: They also indicate it’s flu season. Renown has several events scheduled through mid-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?
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with an even 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.