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Avera Medical Minute: Importance of Flu Shot 11/10/10

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Dawn Tomac is a Certified Infection Control Nurse with Avera Health. Dawn Tomac is a Certified Infection Control Nurse with Avera Health.

For millions of us each year, the flu can bring muscle aches, fever, the chills and some miserable days in bed instead of at work or school, but for an estimated 200,000 folks complications from the flu will put them in the hospital. Nancy Naeve Brown talked with Dawn Tomac, a Certified Infection Control Nurse with Avera Health about why we should get the flu shot.

Certified Infection Control Nurse with Avera Health Dawn Tomac says, "Influenza is the 7th leading cause of death in adults in the U.S. 36,000 people die every year from influenza. I don't think people realize that they think it's an infection that people get over or people say I never get sick so that's the primary reason I think people don't get the shot.

Q: This year's vaccine covers 3 strains right?

A: Yes. Every year the vaccine covers 3 strains. This year's includes the H1N1 strain that circulating last year, H3N2 (influenza A) and influenza B. They look at what's circulating around the world to determine what to put in the vaccine.

Q: Who should get the vaccine and what do you say to people who say they will get the flu from the flu shot?

A: This is the first year the CDC has said that anyone over the age 6 months should get vaccinated unless they have certain contra-indications so really everyone should get vaccinated. The flu shot does not give you the flu. It contains pieces of dead virus so it can give you influenza. It's one of those myths that circulate that is hard to get rid of.

If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA.

 

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