Influenza (The Flu)

What is The Flu?

Influenza (The Flu) is caused by viruses that spread easily between people. Each year in the United States, about 226,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu. On average about 36,000 people die each year from flu or illnesses following the flu.

Types of Flu virus

There are many different flu viruses. Each year, vaccines are developed for the flu viruses that are expected to be most common in the upcoming flu season. These are called seasonal or annual influenza vaccines. International Travel Care will carry GSK Fluarix Quadrivalent for the upcoming flu season of 2013-2014. Fluarix Quadrivalent is expected to provide better coverage against influenza.

Flu Shots/Vaccinations

The CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every year with the seasonal flu vaccine.

How to prevent The Flu?

The best way to avoid the flu is by getting a flu shot each year. The best time to receive a flu shot is in the United States is from mid September through early January. It is important to note for those who are traveling, influenza persists in tropical areas year round.  Therefore, flu immunization should be updated prior to any tropical travel. Also, please note that you cannot get the flu by being vaccinated with a flu shot, it is not a live virus vaccine.  (Resource ACP)

Receiving  a flu shot can help keep you healthy and productive. It also can help keep influenza out of your home, school, and/or workplace.  At International Travel Care, we are available to immunize individuals and families in our office, as well as provide for convenient onsite flu vaccination clinics at your place of business, church, school, or other organization.

Schedule a Convenient, Low Cost Vaccine Appointment

Contact us either by our online appointment scheduling form or call 952-405-8812 to set up an appointment today. Appointments are available early or late in the day, as well as same day appointments at our convenient Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Minnesota location.