Martha Jefferson HealthWise - November 1

November 1, 2006

Flu season is right around the corner, and Dr. Richard Brantley came to the studio to talk about flu shots and other ways to prevent yourself from getting the flu. The shot takes two weeks to become effective, but once it reaches this point, it is very effective protection from the flu.

Complications of the flu, such as hospitalization and pneumonia are reduced by 50% for those that take the flu shot. Although anyone can catch the flu, those most at risk are the ones that have the greatest need for the vaccination. Those include the elderly, young people with illnesses, children, and people with diabetes or heart disease.

There are a few reasons not to take the flu shot, and of course some side-effects, but generally speaking, the vaccine is worth it. For more information, click the video link above.

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