Free flu shots at Meridian Park on Veterans Day
Every year, the flu comes, and every year, its a little bit different than it was the year before.
On Tuesday, Legacy Health is providing free flu shots at multiple clinics, including at Meridian Park Medical Centers Community Health Education Center, 19300 S.W. 65th Ave. For the event, the vaccines are not pulled from the hospitals reserves they are specific to the individual clinics.
Anyone can get the flu. Because its a respiratory illness spread through coughing and sneezing, you have to be exposed to the infection, said Sean Harper, a family physician with Legacy Medical Group in Tualatin. If youre living in a cave, youre pretty safe, but when you go to the store, its on the cart and in the line and in the change you get.
Harper went on to say that even if youre not a person who generally comes down with the flu, its still important to get vaccinated. He said that if youre not usually sick, its probably because youre the carrier and spreading it to those around you.
I think its good to protect yourself, he said. If youre a healthy individual who never gets sick, you can still get the flu.
You might never have bad symptoms, but you can spread it. If you get the vaccine, youre less likely to get the infection, then less likely to make someone else sick. I still wear a seatbelt even though I havent been in a car accident lately.
Since the vaccine takes two weeks to take effect and make the antibodies necessary to protect you, its important to get the shot sooner rather than later. If you get vaccinated today, and come into contact with the infection tomorrow, youre at risk for getting sick, Harper said. For that reason, its important to be proactive.
The vaccine creates a response in your body so that when you get infection, you have response to fight it off, he said.
Harper also pointed out that there is no chance of getting sick from the vaccine itself. The shot doesnt contain any live viruses, and live viruses are whats required to get sick. So, if you come down with a cough the same day you get vaccinated, it is pure coincidence.
Remember that it is especially important for the elderly and very young (babies and toddlers), and for anyone with a weakened immune system to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as these individuals are at higher risk to die from influenza symptoms.
What: Veterans Day Free Community Flu Shots
When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 to 11 a.m.
Where: Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center Community Health Education Center, 19300 S.W. 65th Ave.Add a comment