The COVID-19 pandemic reminded many people about the dangers of viruses. Although the novel coronavirus is on everybody’s lips at the moment, you shouldn’t ignore the seasonal flu, which can be just as dangerous for people with a dysfunctional immune system.
At Casa de Salud, our team’s mission has always been to keep our patients healthy during the flu season. We know that getting a flu vaccine is a good idea for everyone in your family, regardless of health status.
During the 2017-2018 flu season, the flu caused the death of 61,000 Americans and led to 810,000 hospitalizations. In healthy individuals, the flu may cause mild symptoms, but since the rates of chronic diseases are on the rise, more and more people are at risk of complications.
The elderly and children are also more susceptible to the flu. Even something as small as a mineral or vitamin deficiency can impair the immune system, and since many fruits and vegetables found in supermarkets are grown on depleted soils, deficiencies are quite common these days.
Vaccines are an effective safety net for viral illnesses because they teach your immune system to identify and fight the threat. Because the virus that’s injected into you is either weakened or dead, you won’t actually develop the flu from the vaccine.
Even healthy individuals can benefit from vaccines, as nutrient deficiencies and air pollution can weaken the immune system without any obvious signs.
The flu shot is developed based on predictions regarding how the flu virus is going to mutate during the flu season. These predictions aren’t 100% accurate, but flu vaccines are still effective at preventing complications from the flu.
Each year, vaccines are also tested for safety by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
You can reduce your chances of getting sick even further by avoiding refined sugar and keeping your chronic health conditions under control.
Even if you don’t have a condition that impacts your immune system, you and your family can still benefit from staying up to date with your vaccines.
At Casa de Salud, our providers are happy to administer your yearly flu shot, as well as other types of vaccines you may need. Contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our two offices in Los Angeles, California, and get your routine immunizations with us.