Flu Season: It's Not Too Late To Vaccinate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Health professionals are calling it the worst flu outbreak in US history and the number of patients diagnosed is not slowing down. One of the concerns is parents sending their children back to school too soon tricked by what some people are calling the "flu fake out."

 

The key with the flu is containment and health professionals tell Local 24 viewers should get their vaccine. It's advice parents are taking seriously.

     

"I've got to protect my kids," said Rachel Smith. "You've got to protect the community. I've got to protect my patients. It's important."

 

Smith is both a physician and mother of two. She's sees the flu epidemic in the office and on the home front.

 

"It's still going on," she said. "It's something everyone needs to worry about. Make sure there's lots of hand washing, protecting yourself and by all means getting your flu vaccine."

 

The flu season is sticking around another nine weeks. If you haven't already received your flu shot it's not too late.

 

Doctor Jim Mullins with the Methodist Medical Group say even if you question the effectiveness of the vaccine you should still see your doctor and get a shot.

 

"What we do tend to believe is that whether the flu shot actually stops you from getting the flu, it definitely seems to have a moderating effect on the severity of influenza," said Mullins. "I'm still advising people to get the flu shots. we're still giving them here."

 

Locally some parents told Local 24 they've been caught off guard "the flu fake out." It's when children display symptoms similar to the virus. In reality it's something less severe.

 

"Children can very well have ear infections that can mimic influenza," said Mullins. "it has a very sudden onset. Fevers can be very impressive, particularly in young children and toddlers with ear infections, they'll essentially be limp."

 

"Early detection, early treatment on just about any disease always leads to better outcomes," he said. "I would never discourage a parent from bringing in a child that they think has the flu. I don't discourage adults from coming in when they think have the flu."

 

Mullins said the flu vaccine is good for an estimated 5 months.


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