Stay protected with the flu vaccine

A vial of influenza vaccine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) It won’t be long until the leaves start to fall, and with fall comes the start of flu season. Patty Carabellese of the Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association says it’s always important to protect yourself from the flu by getting a flu vaccine every year.

Flu is a respiratory illness that is very contagious. Symptoms include fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing, and a runny or stuffy nose. People who get the flu are often sick for several days.

How to Avoid the Flu

  • Get a flu vaccine each season
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid contact with people who have flu symptoms
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet

You cannot get sick from a flu shot. Some people might get a few minor symptoms, but it is not the flu. The flu shot is still the best way to prevent the flu. Flu season is between October and February. The flu vaccine is available starting in early September.

Get Your Flu Vaccine

  • Make an appointment with your primary care physician
  • Attend a community clinic
  • Ask your company or church to host an on-site flu vaccine clinic

Visit the Spectrum Health Flu Information Center website to learn more about how to fight the flu and where to get a flu shot.

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