Flu season is upon us, and we have already seen several cases of the flu.
The flu vaccine does not use live cultures of the flu virus, so it cannot cause the flu. It can cause some aches and discomfort, particularly where the vaccine is administered.
Often, people don’t think about getting their flu vaccine until someone they know gets the flu — like a coworker or classmate. Since it takes two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, it might be too late to avoid getting the flu if you wait until someone you know gets the virus.
Getting the vaccine early in the season offers the best protection against developing the flu.
Flu Vaccine Clinic this weekend
We will have a walk-in flu vaccine clinic for all our established patients this Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Clayton office. We know it can be a challenge to get to the office during the workweek, so we hope this helps.
Flu Clinic Details
- When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Horizon Clayton Office, 236 Butternut Lane, Clayton (Click here for directions)
- Who: All current Horizon patients
- Cost: $30 for self-pay patients. **Free for most insurances.**
- No appointment needed. This is a first-come, first-served clinic. We cannot anticipate wait times.
Other tips to help you stay healthy during flu season
In addition to getting your flu shot, follow these tips to help fight other viruses this winter:
- Get enough rest (8 hours/night is ideal for most people),
- Drink lots of water (being well-hydrated helps your body fight germs naturally),
- Eat a balanced diet (an apple a day might not be enough, but it’s a start. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and avoid additives and foods high in sugars and fats),
- Wash hands OFTEN! (Every time you use the restroom, before you eat and when you get home from work/school. Sing the alphabet song twice to ensure you’re washing hands long enough),
- Learn to cover your mouth/nose whenever you sneeze or cough using your elbow instead of your hand.
We hope to see you Saturday unless you’ve already gotten your vaccine.