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Mobile, Ala. (October 18, 2010)
Contact: Ashley Givens, (251) 471-1682
It's That Time of Year Again - Dr. Kevin Green
On the Importance of the Flu Vaccine
 
 

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
Suite 2200
(251) 460-6133
October 22 8:00 a.m. 12:00 noon

Campus - USA Mitchell Center
5950 Old Shell Rd.
West Concourse
(251) 461-1632
October 21 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

West Mobile
Knollwood Physicians Group
3301 Knollwood Rd.
Med Park 4
(251) 660-5787
October 21 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Springhill Avenue Campus
Family Medicine
1504 Springhill Ave.
Suite 1800
(251) 434-3475
October 20 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 22 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions, visit http://www.southalabama.edu/flushots.html or call our Appointments and Information Line at 434-3711.


 
 
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Date last changed: October 18, 2010 8:49 AM
http://www.southalabama.edu/healthsystem/pressreleases/2010pr/101810a.html