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Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Vaccinating Patients in North Central Arkansas & South Central Missouri

Think you won’t need an influenza shot this season? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everybody gets an annual flu vaccine for those that are six months and older. The more effective way to fight off the flu is to get a flu vaccination. Getting vaccinated can reduce visits to the doctor, missed work and school, flu illnesses, and possibly prevent hospitalizations. The CDC estimates that tens of thousands of Americans die annually due to the devastating effects of the flu. There are no excuses to not get vaccinated; you can help prevent the flu today!

Here are several symptoms commonly associated with the flu:

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  • Aching muscles, primarily in your legs, arms, and back
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sweats and chills
  • Headache

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC highly recommend that healthcare centers begin providing flu vaccinations shortly following their availability. It is best to get vaccinated at least a couple weeks before flu season begins because it takes approximately two weeks for the flu vaccine to start producing antibodies that would protect against the flu virus. To learn more about the seasonal influenza virus and vaccine, visit

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