Have you heard of the flu shot working for some people but not for others?
This year, rely on science to see if the flu shot is right for your body. Our "Flu & You" program and genomic testing are the new standard of care regarding the influenza vaccine and its effect on each person individually. Schedule an office visit today with the doctor and you can find out if you are genomically qualified to receive the flu shot this year.
The best defense against illness is a good offense. Smart health habits can go a long way in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu. Protect yourself and your children from getting sick by practicing these healthy habits:
"How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season. The vaccine’s effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated, and 2) the similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community. During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating influenza viruses, it is possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed.
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“CDC Admits Flu Shots Are Effective Half the Time As Doctors Lobby For More Flu Shots - NVIC Newsletter.” National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), www.nvic.org/nvic-vaccine-news/april-2016/cdc-admits-flu-shots-fail-half-the-time.aspx.
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