Annual Flu Vaccination Is the Single Best Way to Fight Seasonal Flu

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BEN FRANKLIN APOTHECARY IS NOW OFFERING FLU SHOTS!

In anticipation of this year’s cold and flu season, Ben Franklin Apothecary located at 302 N. Main Street in Duncanville, is offering flu vaccinations. All vaccines will be administered by a certified pharmacist.

People aged 6 months or older that want to re­duce the likelihood of getting the flu should get vaccinated. Annual flu immunization ishighly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for certain groups at a greater risk of having serious flu-related complications or those people living with or caring for high risk persons. Only one flu vaccine is required this season since it will protect against H1N1 as well as the other seasonal flu viruses.

The CDC defines people who should get vaccinated each year as:

  • Children and teens age 6 months through 18 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
  • Health care workers and others in close contact with people in the above groups

“Immunity from a flu vaccination decreases after a year and the strains of flu infecting the public change, so it’s important to get immunized annually,” says Dan Jespersen, pharmacist.

According to the CDC, every year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from it. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall/winter.

People can begin to get the seasonal flu vaccine now, and it will continue to be offered through the early spring. Vaccinations will be given Monday-Friday from 9:30 – 11am, and 2-6pm. We will also have flu shots available on select Saturday’s each month. Walk-ins are welcome at Ben Franklin Apothecary, but appointments are recommended for the first two weeks to avoid long lines.

For more information about the flu vaccine or to sign up, please call (972) 298-4936.