Medford, OR. -- La Clinica Phoenix Health Center says this years flu vaccine is not necessarily for prevention, but to bring down the risk of mortality.
La Clinica says we are in peak flu season, and the flu vaccine isn't as strong as it could be. It says although you could still catch the flu, the vaccine is going to help you stay out of the hospital or worse.
"Flu doesn't care how old you are, or how young you are, or your gender, or background. If you haven't taken the precautions, flu's gonna get ya," says Tom Hottman with Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.
La Clinica says while a healthy person in their 20s-50s may be able to handle the flu, the vaccine is also for those who can't.
"Children younger than 6 months can't get the influenza vaccine, so they're relying on community members to be vaccinated for their protection," says Heather Pfeil, a nurse at La Clinica.
Pfeil says there's a misconception that a vaccine will cause the flu. She says it's an inactivated influenza vaccine. This means part of the virus has been killed or damaged so it can't cause you to catch it. Pfeil says the misconception comes from people having minor fevers, swelling, and redness after a vaccine.
"Usually that's because they were already fighting something," says Pfeil.
Pfeil says anyone 65 and older, and young children are more likely to catch the flu. She says kids are contagious for a longer amount of time as well. Kids spread it for 10 days while adults are usually contagious for about five days.
La Clinica says flu season usually ends by March.
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