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Flu shots for pregnant women and children

Flu season has officially begun — and the single best way to prevent your family or you from contracting the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  The CDC emphasizes that the benefits of flu vaccinations are numerous and well researched:  they can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization; they are an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions; vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy; and, getting vaccinated also protects people around you who are more susceptible to illness, such as babies, young children and seniors.

Can you get the flu even if you have been vaccinated?

After last year’s particularly awful flu season — one of the worst on record — you have probably heard that a flu shot is the most effective method to protect yourself against getting the virus.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “this year's annual flu shot will offer protection against three or four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season. A high-dose flu vaccine also will be available for adults age 65 and older.” You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in our community. Typically, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so it’s best to get vaccinated early. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.

Why was the last flu season so bad and what can be expected this year?

September 27, 2018
Fall is rapidly approaching and while it brings much anticipated cooler temperatures, it also brings about something else: the dreaded flu season.  You may remember that last year’s flu season was pretty crummy — in fact, it was one of the worst on record. Why was the last flu season so lousy and what can be expected this year?

Is It a Cold or Allergies…or Something Else?

Summer is here, so if you’re sneezing, sniffling and have red eyes this summer, you may assume you have a cold.  However, even though it’s no longer spring, allergies are far from over — technically allergy season is year round (it’s just worse for most people in the springtime).  So how do you tell if […]

Is the “Man Flu” a Real Thing? What You Need to Know

February 26, 2018
For many couples it’s a running joke: the “man flu” is the harshest form of the virus that exists. For years, women like to claim that their male partners lament and whine about being sick far more than they do. But are men really exaggerating, or is there actual truth that being sick feels worse […]

Is It Too Late to Get the Flu Shot?

February 22, 2018
If this flu season has you worried—it is for good reason: health professionals have deemed it as one of the worst in decades. There are plenty of steps you can take to protect yourself, and though the season is well underway, the best option is still the same: get a flu shot. That’s right, even […]

Tamiflu: What To Know About The Most Commonly Prescribed Medicine For Flu

February 21, 2018
You’ve mostly likely heard by now that this year’s flu season is one of the worst in decades. Many urgent cares and ERs around the country are overwhelmed with patients suffering with flu symptoms, and health professionals are reiterating that it is not too late to receive a flu shot. However, as the intense flu […]

5 Tips to Boost Your Immunity During Flu Season

January 14, 2018
Bad news: medical experts are bracing for one of the worst flu seasons in history. The main flu strain for 2017-18 is known as the H3N2 virus, and it is more deadly than the swine flu. According to the CDC, the flu is now widespread in about 46 states, with some reporting more than a […]

How to avoid catching the flu this year

September 15, 2017
As cooler temperatures arrive, so does something not happily welcomed:  flu season.  This year, the official kickoff for the new flu season is October 4th, and CareWell is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Influenza is a serious […]

4 tips for effective autumn preparedness

As summer ends, it's important to plan ahead for the unique challenges and opportunities of the fall season. 

3 tips for UV Safety Month

July has been designated as a time to better protect yourself harmful UV overexposure. 

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