Hines VA prepares for flu season - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

Hines VA prepares for flu season

Flu viruses are among the fastest mutating viruses known

The flu vaccine has arrived at Hines VA. Veterans are encouraged to get the shot to help fight off the virus. Eighty-thousand people died last year because of flu related illnesses, which is the highest in four decades.

By Hines Media Services
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

According to the CDC, flu viruses are among the fastest mutating viruses known.

The numbers are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza and its complications during the 2017-18 season.

This is the highest death toll from the flu in at least 4 decades.

Veterans and VA employees are encouraged to get the shot. It’s not only important for your own safety; it’s important for the safety of those you come in contact with.

When should I get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.

You can get a flu shot at the Main Hines VA campus or our VA outpatient clinics, including Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle or Oak Lawn during regular clinic hours. No appointment is necessary.

Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Vaccines

Q: Can a flu vaccine give you the flu?

A: No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness.

Q: Is it better to get the flu than the flu vaccine?

A: No. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions. 

Q: Do I really need a flu vaccine every year?

A: Yes. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine,

even when the viruses have not changed from

the previous season.

Q: Why do some people not feel well after getting the seasonal flu vaccine?

A: Some people report having mild reactions to flu vaccination. The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.

You can find additional information about flu vaccinations by visiting the CDC website, or by clicking here.

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