Flu Myths v. Facts

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Total Wellness Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday January 17th

94th & F Street

4 - 8 pm

Bring two can food items & $10

Benefiting the Omaha Food Bank

The bad flu season has everyone talking, but there is a lot of bad advice out there.

The Centers for Disease Control reports the flu arrived much earlier than in years past; however, this year, around 60 to 65 percent of people are covered by the vaccine.

Two widespread myths about the flu are that the vaccine can give patients the flu and that going outside, in cold weather, can make people sick.

What if you're young and healthy and really work out a lot, do you really need the flu shot? “Yes, it's always better to be safe rather than sorry! Every year the strains of the flu change,” ER Chief Dr. Stuart Brilliant said.

Brilliant says most patients are told to treat the fever, drink liquids, get plenty of rest, and, of course stay away from others who are sick.

Another big question is always whether pregnant women should be vaccinated. New research shows the most dangerous course of action is not getting the flu shot. The study found that women who contracted the flu while pregnant had almost twice the chance of a miscarriage, but even if they got the flu after getting vaccinated the chance of miscarriage still went down.

"By getting the influenza vaccine mothers are not only protecting themselves but protecting the baby too,” Dr. Monica Ghitan of Maimonodes Medical Center said. The study concludes the vaccine is safe both for pregnant women and their unborn children.

Thursday is the final day of the Total Wellness clinic where two can food items, benefiting the Omaha Food Bank, and $10, can buy a flu shot. The clinic is located just south of 94th and F Streets. Shots are available to everyone 9 years or older, while supplies last. The hours are from 4 to 8 o’clock Thursday night.

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