Peak flu season, from December to February, is upon us. Flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. Symptoms of flu involve muscle aches and soreness, headache, and fever. At Soho Health, our team of board certified physicians offer internal medicine services at our care center, including vaccines and immunizations, such as flu shots. Our Flu doctor in Soho enjoys taking care of patients of all ages and background, providing services to infants, children, adolescents, and adults.
Did you know that 5% to 20% of the U.S. population that will get the flu, on average, each year, and on average 200,000 Americans will be hospitalized each year because of problems with the illness. Flu viruses enter the body through the mucus membranes of your nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you are possibly infecting yourself with a virus. This makes it very important to keep your hands germ-free with frequent and thorough hand washing. Another way you can help reduce your risk of getting the flu is by visiting our flu doctor in Soho for flu shots and medicine. The Center for Disease Control conducts studies each year to determine how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness. While vaccine effectiveness can vary, recent studies show vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by about 50% to 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are like the vaccine viruses.
If you would like to learn more about flu vaccines, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns about flu medicine that we can help you with, or if you’re interested in receiving a flu shot from us, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. Our flu doctor in Soho looks forward to working with you and keeping you healthy this flu season.