Mercy Offers Flu Shots

September 19, 2011

Influenza vaccinations are available at Mercy Corporate Health in Washington. 

According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after a vaccination for one’s body to develop an immune response. People should be vaccinated now so that they will be protected when flu season begins. In the U.S., influenza season usually begins in October and can last until May.

This year’s vaccination will again provide protection from H1N1 and other influenza strains.  Just one vaccination is needed for protection, said Joan Huxel, RN, BSN, manager of operations for Mercy Corporate Health Washington. Huxel added, “The CDC says vaccinations may provide immunity for up to a year, so the earlier the vaccination is received the longer individuals will have protection. Now and in the coming weeks is the best time to receive your flu vaccination.” 

Flu symptoms often mimic those of a cold with nasal congestion, cough, aches and fatigue. Colds rarely come with a fever above 101 degrees. A fever is usually one of the first symptoms of the flu. Other symptoms are body and muscle aches. Vomiting and diarrhea is associated with H1N1. Vaccination is the best way to avoid influenza. It also can be avoided with frequent and thorough hand washing.

“Your hands can look and feel clean and still be contaminated with germs that spread illnesses and disease,” Huxel said. “To help prevent coldsand flu, rub your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Doing this frequently and being vaccinated are the most important preventative measures we can take.”

Influenza vaccinations are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. atMercy Corporate Health Washington, which is located inside Mercy Urgent Care at 3195 Phoenix Center Drive. The vaccinations are appropriate for individuals 4 years old and up and include “high dose” vaccinations for those 65 and older. Immunizations are $30 each by injection or mist. Payments may be made by cash, check and credit card. Medicare Part B is accepted. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call 636-390-2600 and select 2. 

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