As part of our on-going commitment to servicing the South Florida community, Personal Physician Care is offering flu shots for all our patients while supplies last. ($0 co-pay with most insurance).
Ask for a flu shot on your next visit.
Benefits of the Flu Shot
Everyone stands to benefit from getting a seasonal flu shot. It's the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. And it's especially important if you are pregnant (or planning to become pregnant), are over the age of 50, have any sort of chronic medical condition, or are caring for someone who is at risk for complications of influenza. Flu shots don't offer 100 percent protection against the flu, but they are more than 60 percent effective. When you consider how many millions of people are affected by the flu each year, 60 percent protection is nothing to sneeze at!
Each year, flu vaccines are updated to better match circulating viruses. This is because flu viruses can mutate from season to season. Major mutations are often the cause of pandemics (epidemics of infectious diseases) because the immunity that we acquire over time from repeated exposure or vaccination may no longer be effective. This is why it’s especially important to get a flu shot each year instead of relying on vaccination from a previous season.
It's never too late to get the flu shot! But it's best to get your flu shot early on, before flu season peaks. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Also, keep in mind that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and protect you against the flu. So, it's best to get the flu shot as soon as you can!