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This article brought to you courtesy of Barb Colter, Clinic Adminstrator of the Maple Street Clinic, Health Care Insider.

Barb Colter

Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus that infects a person's nose, throat and lungs. It's easily spread from person to person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "a yearly flu vaccination is still the best tool currently available to protect against this disease which sickens millions of people each year." Flu vaccination can greatly reduce flu-related illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work or school. It also

reduces the risk of flu-related hospitalization and death.

It's best to receive the vaccine during the month of October, as it takes about 2 weeks for a body to develop antibodies against the flu. However, if getting the vaccine in October is not possible, getting the vaccine later is still very beneficial. Remember that flu season can last through May.

While getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu, other measures to help protect flu from spreading include: washing hands often with soap and water, avoiding touching of nose/mouth/eyes, sneezing or coughing into a tissue - immediately discarding that tissue, and staying home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, should flu symptoms appear.

Depending on insurance, flu vaccine may be available at no out of pocket cost. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, if you are unable to make it in to your medical provider's office, vaccines are often offered at a local pharmacy. Maple Street Clinic's vaccine clinic will be opening October 1. Please call our office at 503-357-2136 to learn more about this opportunity and to reserve your spot.

Maple Street Clinic P.C.

1825 Maple Street

Forest Grove, OR 97116

503.357.2136

www.maplestreetclinic.com

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