Doctors Encourage Flu Vaccinations

Updated: 9/30/2013 5:45 pm

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Victoria (KAVU) - Fall is here and cool weather is moving into the Crossroads, which also means that flu season is among us. Doctors in Victoria said they have already seen some flu cases and are encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Mabel Gaines is a firm believer in getting her annual flu vaccination.

“Yes it does, and I haven't had the flu or anything,” Gaines said.

However, some other people think differently.

“I don't get the flu shot. I think they make you get the flu,” Dianne Martinez said.

Experts say that the flu virus is already in Texas, including Victoria. While many may think the flu vaccine will give them the virus, Dr. Sanjeev Bhatia with Crossroads Health Center said that it’s not true.

“Flu shots do not have a live virus so it should not cause you to have flu, but you may have flu like symptoms, body aches, or fevers,” Dr. Bhatia said.

Coughing and sneezing are just a couple of signs of someone catching the flu. The flu symptoms are similar to a cold but worse. The virus is highly contagious and can spread to others up to 6 feet away.
Everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot, especially the very young and old. Experts also recommend that those who are in contact with a lot of sick people such as health care professionals get vaccinated, as well as pregnant women.

“It's highly recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot because they are at high risk for getting complications if they get flu,” Dr. Bhatia said.

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