Lackey Memorial Hospital Welcomes Two New Providers
We're proud to announce addition of two new medical providers for our community, Daniel Walker, FNP-C and Corey Shoemaker, FNP-C. Daniel will be joining the staff at our Main Street Medical Clinic of Morton location while Corey will be seeing patients at the Community Health Clinic in Forest. Adding both Corey and Daniel is yet another important step in fulfilling our commitment to provide superior healthcare to the communities we serve.
Facts You Should Know About the Flu & Flu Vaccine.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
How the flu spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
ou may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
Preventing the flu
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. There are two types of flu vaccines, the "flu shots" and the "nasal-spray flu vaccine."
The flu shot is inactivated vaccines (containing killed virus) that are given with a needle. There are three flu shots being produced for the United States market now.
- The regular seasonal flu shot is "intramuscular" which means it is injected into muscle. It has been used for decades and is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.
- A hi-dose vaccine for people 65 and older which also is intramuscular. This vaccine was first made available during the 2010-2011 season.
- An intradermal vaccine for people 18 to 64 years of age which is injected with a needle into the "dermis" or skin. This vaccine is being made available for the first time for the 2011-2012 season.
The nasal–spray flu vaccine — a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for "Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine"). The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is approved for use in healthy* people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
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