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We worked together during last year’s flu season to get the word out about common flu shot myths, and thought you might be interested in speaking with a MedExpress healthcare professional about why, despite a less severe flu season last year, flu vaccines are absolutely an important part of your fall and winter health routine, and why now is still the recommended time to get one. Here is a link to our media library. There you’ll find flu shot b-roll footage and photos. Please let me know if you aren’t able to find something you need, and whether or not I can help coordinate a media interview. –Ellen Dietrick, 724-597-6281

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With flu season in sight, local healthcare providers at MedExpress say now is a great time to get a flu vaccine. Though last year’s flu season was milder than the record-breaking 2017-2018 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 37.4 to 42.9 million people were still diagnosed with the flu and more than half received medical attention for their symptoms.

Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to avoid contracting and spreading the flu. Yet, healthcare professionals are concerned that people may assume a flu shot is unnecessary this year given that last year’s flu season was less severe than previous years. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age (with rare exceptions). Flu vaccinations can reduce doctors’ visits and missed days from work and school, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. And as children go back to school and families begin to congregate indoors as the weather cools, flu spreads more easily, so healthcare professionals say now is the time to get your flu shot.

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If you’re interested in a story about the upcoming flu season and the importance of getting a flu shot now, MedExpress providers are available to discuss:

ü When is the best time to get a flu shot and why?

ü What types of flu shots are available?

ü Why was last year’s flu season so mild?

ü Can you get the flu from getting a flu shot?

ü How effective is a flu shot in preventing you from getting the flu?

ü What are the signs and symptoms of flu?

ü Flu prevention reminders

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