200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu every year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines influenza (the seasonal flu) as a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Approximately 5-20% of Americans become infected by the flu. Although the virus is easily transferable, the best and easiest way to prevent the flu is by getting an annual vaccination.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever (usually high)
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy noise
- Muscle aches
- Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea common in children than adults
Preventing the Flu
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the frst and most important step in protecting against influenza. Every year, scientists research and create a vaccine that will protect against the three main stains they expect will cause the most illness during the flu season. Although the vaccine cannot protect against all strains of influenza, getting vaccinated can help make symptoms milder if you come in contact with a different virus.
Antiviral drugs combat influenza by keeping the virus from reproducing in the body and may prevent serious flu complications this could be especially important for people at high risk.Find a participating Kmart Pharmacy near you.
Staying healthy with the Kmart Pharmacy Flu Vaccination clinics
Flu shots are administrated in a safe, sterile environment by a trained Kmart Pharmacy practitioner and are free for those covered by Medicare Part B.
There are two flu vaccine offered by Kmart Pharmacy:
- The Flu Shot: approved for use in people 6 months or older, both for healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions.
- Fluzone High Dose: specifically developed for those 65 year and above.