At best, the flu means a week or two of misery. At worst, it can be life-threatening. To protect yourself from either scenario, a flu shot provides your best opportunity. At Estero Healthcare, the providers supply flu shots every year for patients of all ages at their two locations in north and south Fort Myers Beach, Florida. To protect yourself against the flu, call ahead for an appointment, use the online scheduler, or come in during the hours of operation.
Scare tactics are never a great motivator, but the fact is that the influenza virus, or the flu, can be a very dangerous disease. During the 2017-2018 flu season, nearly 23 million people in the United States sought medical help, almost 1 million were hospitalized, and there were close to 80,000 flu-related deaths.
If you want to avoid becoming part of these unfortunate statistics, one simple flu shot provides considerable protection.
There’s a lot that goes into the flu vaccine each year — in fact, more than you may realize. To start, there are 142 influenza centers in 113 countries that are devoted to tracking the influenza virus around the world. This information is then sent along to the five World Health Organization Collaborating Centers for Reference and Research on Influenza — the CDC in the United States is one such center. Twice a year, scientists and researchers from these five institutions gather to predict how the influenza virus will mutate and travel.
This predictive information is then sent to the companies who manufacture flu vaccines and, once they’re made and approved by the FDA, they’re available to health care practices, like Estero Healthcare.
This means that when you get your annual flu shot, the formula is far more than a shot in the dark. Granted, predicting the behavior of a virus is tricky, but this worldwide effort has paid off and flu shots can offer up to 60% protection.
The CDC, and the health care providers at Estero Healthcare recommend the flu shot for anyone over the age of 6 months. In fact, flu shots are incredibly valuable for the very young and the very old, two populations with weakened immune systems.
The best time to get a flu shot is in the fall, before the winter cold and flu season kicks in. It takes your body approximately two weeks to develop the proper antibodies to fight off the virus, so the earlier, the better.
If you want to protect yourself and your family against the flu, call Estero Healthcare for an appointment, visit during operating hours, or use the online booking tool to set up a time.