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Vaccinations: Your Defense Against The Flu Virus

First Med Urgent Care: Battle the flu

This winter has been brutal at times and many patients have visited our urgent care facility because of the flu. The flu vaccination is important for getting people through the cold winter. Unfortunately, we are still in the winter season and the peak of flu season isn’t over yet. A lot of people can avoid the misery of dealing with the flu, if they receive flu vaccinations. It is no doubt that the best way to defend against the viruses associated with illnesses such as the flu, is to get vaccinated.

Research at the online source, Mayo Clinic, explains that doctors have discovered exposing the body to a bacteria or virus that is damaged or inactivated through special lab procedures allows the body to scan it, analyze it and develop protection against it without developing an infection. This is how vaccines have been invented and they have saved millions of lives over the years. Our urgent care staff is prepared to administer the vaccination to adults and children.

How do the vaccinations work? Vaccinations find and neutralize specific bacteria and viruses. When your body is exposed to a disease-causing bacteria or a virus that it has never encountered before, you become ill. Thanks to the power of vaccinations, your body is equipped with the proper defense mechanisms to fight off the viruses. Individuals who refuse to receive the vaccine and are not properly treated for an infection may be a source of contamination for people who have not been vaccinated yet. Vaccinations are most effective in preventing diseases when everyone in the home gets them.

The best way to avoid getting the flu in the first place is to be proactive and get your flu shot ahead of time. The best thing to do for your family is to get a flu shot every year. If you haven’t been sick with the flu this winter season, but you also haven’t received a flu shot, then you still have time. Come visit our urgent care to get your flu vaccination.

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Google Maps out Flu Trends for Oklahoma and Nation

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting flu trends

Google has a powerful “mind” and you may have contributed to it’s nationwide Flu tracking ability. Have you searched for Flu information using the search engine recently?

Below is the explanation from Google on how they can track trends in the flu season with the searches they receive and traditional flu surveillance systems:

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season.

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.

Pretty cool, huh? We thought so.

Compare it to past years…Does the pattern look like last year’s? Do you think this flu season will be intense like it was in January? What was the most intense flu year? From research, we can learn that the flu season hasn’t hit it’s peek yet, but it is gearing up. Now is the time to get your flu vaccinations. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to fully take effect, so get in to one of our urgent care clinics soon before the peek hits Oklahoma in the months of December through February.

Check out this video explaining how Google makes this work.