FALL 2017 – FLU SEASON
What is seasonal influenza (flu)?
Seasonal influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is caused by influenza viruses, which infect the respiratory tract (i.e., the nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Some people, such as young children, pregnant women, healthcare workers, older people and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year.
Flu vaccines protect against different flu viruses and can change every year. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year. Get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available in your community, pharmacy or Doctor’s office.
The best time to get the flu shot is October to mid-November, before influenza reaches the community. Immunity sets in about two weeks after vaccination. The risk involved in getting the flu shot is extremely small but the benefits are huge.
A Flu Shot Clinic will be held here at OSCR, for the convenience of OSCR residents, within the month of November. Upcoming notices will be posted to inform everyone once a date has been scheduled.
OSR Pharmacy is also available to provide flu shots for your convenience as well. Appointments can be scheduled with OSR Pharmacy to ensure availability of vaccine.