Protect yourself from influenza

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Flu season is rapidly approaching and doctors want you to get the flu shot. Flu season varies but it typically starts between November and December.

Medical officials say that you should make it a priority to get vaccinated. It is most dangerous to people with preexisting medical conditions, the elderly and kids. The flu typically lasts from 7 to 10 days and can be fatal.

Dr. Brook Eide is an emergency medical specialist at Regional Hospital who recommends getting the vaccination.

“I don’t know any health provider that doesn’t get their flu shot because we believe it works,” said Eide.

The shot can prevent the flu or protect you from a severe case. You can still get the flu with the shot, but it is very likely that your symptoms will be tolerable.

“Does the flu shot always help with every strain we see every year? Not necessarily but it has cross coverage and may minimize symptoms,” said Eide.

The virus is very contagious and can spread before symptoms occur. It is important to wash your hands thoroughly to prevent spreading it. Symptoms are muscle aches, fever, and fatigue. If you sense you have it, seek medical attention immediately.

If a family member has it be sure to sanitize their belonging, such as clothes and bed sheets. Also, make sure to wash your hands and keep your distance.

Eide said, “I think everyone should have their flu shot. If you’re afraid of needles, that’s understandable but it is much worse if you get influenza and end up in the hospital.”


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