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Protection from the Flu - Family Medicine

The symptoms can come on suddenly and last as long as two weeks. “The flu actually has to be diagnosed. The two types that are really, really common are the influenza type A and influenza type B,” said Dr. Jennifer Carrion, a resident physician with Lee Health. Flu symptoms can include high fever, chills, body aches, cough, and congestion--Symptoms that can be deadly for infants, the elderly, and patients living with a chronic disease. “A lot of your cold-like symptoms, a runny nose, cough, sneezing, and headache, most people say I have that so I must have the flu, but the flu is a lot more serious,” she said. The best way to protect against the flu virus is with the flu vaccine. “The flu vaccine is formulated differently based on what the CDC see what’s trending as far as the flu virus,” said Dr. Carrion. After getting the vaccine, it takes two weeks to protect your body against the flu—making it important to get it sooner than later. “If you’re pregnant that’s more of a reason to get the flu vaccine. If you’re someone who suffers from diabetes or high blood pressure, which is a lot of our patients, we definitely recommend that you get the flu vaccine,” she said. Each year thousands of people are hospitalized from the flu. “Anybody over six months can get the influenza shot. There are different kinds of influenza vaccines depending on your age, depending on your risk factors,” said Dr. Carrion. It is possible to get the flu even after getting the flu vaccine-but doctors say the symptoms are less severe. “Get the flu vaccine and that way you prevent getting the severe influenza virus,” she said. The flu vaccine can help protect your health this flu season. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit