It's Flu (Influenza) Season in Colorado
The flu (influenza) is different than a cold.
Both are illnesses that can affect your sinuses, nose, throat, and lungs. These illnesses are caused by different viruses. The flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms are severe and last longer. The best way to avoid the flu is getting the vaccine by calling Clinica at 303-650-4460.
WHY YOU SHOULD GET THE FLU VACCINE
What You Need to Know & Why You Should Be Concerned about the Flu
The flu can lead to a serious lung infection (pneumonia), and cause diarrhea and seizures in young children. The flu can be hard on people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma or COPD.
Who is High-Risk for Health Problems from the Flu?
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum)
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People with chronic health conditions
Because the flu is more dangerous, especially for young children and seniors, we put together these facts on the flu to encourage you and your family to get your flu shot (vaccine).
MYTH: Some think they get sick when they get a flu vaccine.
FACT: When you get the flu vaccine, your body mounts an immune response that sometimes may cause mild cold-like symptoms.
MYTH: The flu vaccine isn’t effective.
FACT: The flu vaccine is effective! It helps keep you and your family protected against the flu. It’s the best way to avoid the flu.
MYTH: People don’t need the flu vaccine every year.
FACT: It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year because the flu changes every year. The vaccine targets the types of flu most likely to make you or your children sick during the current flu season.
MYTH: People get the flu just as bad even if they get the vaccine.
FACT: IF you get the flu, the length of time you’re sick and the severity of your symptoms may be less because you got the vaccine.
FACT: All children 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine. It’s important so they don’t miss school and you don’t miss work! FACT: All adults should get the flu vaccine each year with few exceptions (e.g., people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or ingredients)
Call to Schedule Your Flu Shot (Vaccine)