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Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Why are Flu Shots Important?

It’s that time of year…flu shots have arrived. “It’s important to get flu shots to just try and avoid getting the flu, and avoid complications of people getting the flu,” said Brooke Kunstbeck, a nurse practitioner at Sentara Greene Family Medicine. 

Providers say it’s important for everyone to get vaccinated. 

“The CDC recommends everyone get the flu shot, even people without pre-existing conditions should get the flu shot because of spreading it to people with other co-morbidities,” said Kunstbeck. 

While the flu shot can’t guarantee you won’t ever get the flu, it does help to reduce the likelihood. 

“The flu vaccine that comes out each year covers certain strains of the flu virus, and sometimes the flu virus strain that is actually present in the community might not be the same one that’s in the vaccine,” noted Kunstbeck. 

In addition to helping to keep you healthy, it also helps to avoid disrupting our day to day activities. 

“It decreases the occurrences of missed school and missed work,” said Kunstbeck. 

While flu shots are recommended as soon as possible each season, shots are often given well into spring, and providers say it’s never too late to get vaccinated. 

“It’s never too late – it’s always better to get it later in the season than not at all,” said Kunstbeck. 

For more information on this topic, please call 1-800-SENTARA. If you have a question about your health you’d like us to answer, please email healthquestions@nbc29.com

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