A bout of flu can make you feel very sick, and if you’re elderly or in poor health, it could make you seriously ill. You can take steps to prevent the unpleasant experience of having the flu and avoid the risks to your health by visiting First Care Bossier for a flu shot. At the locations in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, the providers offer routine immunizations against the flu. To arrange a flu shot, call your nearest location today or book an appointment online.
Flu (influenza) is a viral infection that has many different strains. Providing you’re generally healthy, flu is nothing to worry about, but it can cause unpleasant symptoms such as:
The flu can lead to other problems like ear or sinus infections, and it may make you more vulnerable to pneumonia.
While it’s rarely a threat to young, healthy adults, the flu is of particular concern in infants, older people, and anyone with underlying health conditions. These high-risk groups are more likely to experience complications, which, in some cases, can be fatal.
The flu spreads easily from those who have the infection. If you’re sick with the flu, every time you cough or sneeze, you’re spraying minute droplets of infected liquid into the air and leaving the virus on anything you touch.
If an uninfected person touches or breathes in these droplets, the flu virus can infect them too. Your body’s immune system creates antibodies to identify and kill the virus, but in the meantime, you experience flu symptoms.
First Care Bossier offers flu shots each year that can help you avoid catching whichever flu strain is most common at the time.
Flu shots are injections of a weakened form of the flu virus. Your immune system identifies the virus and creates the appropriate antibodies, so if you come into contact with the full-strength version, your body can defend you from that specific strain of the flu.
Flu shots are an effective method of preventing flu, but each year’s vaccination only works against certain types of the flu virus. That means the annual flu shot you get won’t protect you from other strains of flu viruses.
Nevertheless, having a flu shot does offer significant protection and is especially important if you or your child is in a high-risk group. Your provider at First Care Bossier can offer you further advice on having a flu shot.
Treating the flu requires rest, plenty of liquids, and a light, healthy diet that’s easy to digest. There are also numerous over-the-counter flu remedies that help with symptoms like sore throats and headaches.
Flu is a virus, so taking antibiotics won’t do any good as they’re only effective against bacteria. However, if your symptoms are particularly severe or you don’t feel better after a few days of self-care, you might benefit from additional treatments such as antiviral medication.
To arrange a flu shot, call First Care Bossier today or book an appointment online. You can also access the walk-in clinic for acute care.