Flu season is upon us, and Dr. Kevin Green, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, said it is important for you and your family to get protected.
According to Dr. Green, 30,000 to 40,000 people die from the flu each year. “Getting the flu vaccine will be beneficiary in two ways,” Dr. Green said. “The vaccine will keep you from getting the flu, and it will keep you from spreading it to others.”
Dr. Green anticipates a typical flu season this year, with the season’s peak falling within the eighth week of 2011. If you experience mild symptoms, stay at home. He said that you should see your doctor if you begin to experience serious flu symptoms – such as shortness of breath.
Dr. Green recommends that everyone get the flu vaccine, unless you have a serious egg allergy. “The vaccine is quick, cheap, and free for employees,” he said. “This year, the H1N1 strain is incorporated into the flu strain vaccine so multiple shots won’t be necessary.”
Immunity takes two weeks to develop after you have been given the vaccine and lasts for at least six months.
USA Physicians Group will provide Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics exclusively for USA Employees at four convenient locations on Oct. 20-22, 2010. The vaccines are available free of charge for USA employees and their family members covered by the USA Health & Dental Plan.
Specific times and locations are:
Campus - Human Resources
Tech & Research Park III
October 22 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Campus - USA Mitchell Center
5950 Old Shell Rd.
October 21 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Knollwood Physicians Group
3301 Knollwood Rd.
Med Park 4
October 21 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Springhill Avenue Campus
If you have questions, visit http://www.southalabama.edu/flushots.html or call our Appointments and Information Line at 434-3711.
1504 Springhill Ave.
October 20 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 22 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.