The Top 5

The Top 5 is a place to learn about some important aspects of your health and discover helpful tips to maintain and improve it.

It’s That Time of the Year Again… Flu Season!

Flu season has arrived and it’s important to make sure you and your family are healthy. If you are hesitant about the flu shot, check out these 5 points to keep in mind on the way to your flu shot provider:

  1. Vaccines cannot cause the flu because there is no live virus in the shot.
  2. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine should be given to everyone 6 months and older except for rare occasions.
  3. A dose of flu vaccine is recommended for every flu season. Everyone needs 1 dose every flu season, and children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses
  4. There are many flu viruses and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against 3 or 4 viruses that are likely to cause disease in the upcoming flu season. But even when the vaccine doesn’t exactly match these viruses, it may still provide some protection.
  5. Some inactivated flu vaccines contain a very small amount of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal. Studies have not shown thimerosal in vaccines to be harmful, but vaccines that do not contain thimerosal are available.

Check out the Resources from the Clinical Team’s Previous Posts:

Resources for how to protect against Zika Virus, or for more information on #ZapZika click here.

Resources for Flu Season and Vaccination Education.

November was Lung Cancer and COPD Awareness Month.

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

September was National Cholesterol Education and Healthy Aging Month.