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Flu Vaccine and Immunizations

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Every year, Oviedo Family Medicine Specialists protects the health of our patients by offering flu shots, as well as other immunizations recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Though many immunizations are required by law for entrance into certain Oviedo and Winter Springs schools, organized sports and professional organizations, as well as some international travel destinations, there is debate over one vaccine that is invaluable. According to Dr. Dumbacher and Dr. Ng, one of the most beneficial vaccines is the flu shot, which protects against influenza, a viral infection in the nose, throat and lungs. Nearly one–third of all Americans get the flu each year. Some people can get very sick from the flu, especially young children and the elderly. The influenza vaccine, or flu shot, can help protect you from getting the flu.

Who in Oviedo and Winter Springs is at higher risk of getting the flu?

  • Children 6 months to 19 years old
  • Adults 50 years and older
  • Women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
  • People who are living in nursing homes or long-term-care facilities
  • Individuals who have long-term health problems
  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients
  • Caregivers and those with contact to children less than 6 months

What’s the best way for those in Oviedo and Winter Springs to protect against getting the flu?

Get the flu shot! You can also reduce your risk of catching the flu by washing your hands frequently, which stops the spread of germs. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep also play a part in preventing the flu because they help boost your immune system. If you are 65 or older, there is a special flu shot designated to protect you better.  Talk to Dr. Dumbacher and Dr. Ng about the best flu shot option for your lifestyle and age. 

Immunizations

Throughout your life, there are certain required and recommended immunizations. It can be confusing to know who should get vaccinated, and when. Luckily, Dr. Dumbacher and Dr. Ng at Oviedo Family Medicine Specialists know exactly what immunizations the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention are recommending for patients two years and older.

For more information about the current immunizations schedules recommended by the CDC, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the flu shot, contact Oviedo Family Medicine Specialists.