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It is that time of year again when viruses and illnesses seem to spread throughout our work places and schools.  We want to know if you are taking precautions to protect yourself from becoming ill.  The flu is one of the more common viruses and one of the most dangerous viruses.  The CDC recommends that everyone receive their influenza vaccination, especially individuals 50 years of age and older, individuals with chronic health conditions, young children, and women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant during influenza season.   Listed below are a few benefits when receiving your annual influenza vaccination:


  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.

  • Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).

  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.

  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.


    We understand getting to the doctor to get vaccinated can be a hassle, that’s why our pharmacists are trained to provide the influenza vaccination to individuals 12 years of age and older.  At MediCenter Pharmacy we make it convenient to receive your yearly influenza vaccination, no appointment is required and we will bill your insurance.  For additional information on the influenza vaccination, visit our “General Services” page on the website or give us a call. 

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No one wants to get sick, especially with the flu!  So, how can we protect ourselves this year from illness?  There are some key factors the CDC recommends, which are very simple; however, we sometimes forget to do the most basic recommendations. 

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For additional information on how to protect yourself from the flu, contact our pharmacists or visit the CDC’s website,


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