‘Tis the Season! Don’t let your fears or misconceptions prevent you from staying healthy this year. Get jabbed! If you don’t have insurance and are eligible to enroll as a patient at Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, make an appointment and we will contact you as soon as this season’s flu shots become available via our clinic. You can also acquire a flu vaccine now (with or without insurance) from anywhere between $14.99- $35.00 at select store pharmacies.
Think you can sneak by without getting vaccinated again this year? Why would you want to! Consider a few important reasons why you should take the plunge and get jabbed:
- The flu shot will NOT give you the flu. The actual flu vaccination you receive at the clinic or pharmacy is non-infectious; it has either been inactivated or contains no virus at all. While some may experience a low grade fever, redness or tenderness at the site of the injection, there is no chance you will develop actual flu symptoms. At best, you may have been harboring a common cold virus prior to the flu shot – and its emergence is a coincidence of bad timing! ‘Tis the season for spreading good cheer – and illness- after all. Be sure you are feeling healthy when you show up to your clinic appointment. (As as always, good hand washing can minimize the chances of catching or spreading the common cold.)
- If you think getting a flu shot is worse than getting the actual flu, you’ve probably never actually gotten the flu before. While some might swear that they have had the flu before – and “getting a shot is worse,” – they might want to remind themselves of what the actual flu virus is capable of: Aching muscles (particularly in the legs, arms and back); High fevers running over 100 degrees, chills and night sweats; headaches; chronic coughing spells; sore throat and nasal congestion. Don’t risk getting these debilitating symptoms just because you don’t want to deal with a 1 second pinch!
- Flu shots are not just for the young, sick and elderly. The flu is a virus that does not discriminate – and can put you out of work for a week or more! That’s a big financial loss for many without sick time, and could even compromise the status of your employment for seasonal hires or shift workers. Even pregnant women or people who have chronic health problems like diabetes should get their immunizations. Your physician will let you know if you have any conditions exempting you from the flu shot.
- Chances are, you are dealing with an ‘Expert Jabber.’ For the health practitioner administering your flu shot, this is not his or her first rodeo: By the time you walk through the door, they have probably already administered 20 that day like a well-oiled machine. There are many techniques to minimize the pinch of a needle, and your health care practitioner will take care to delivery your shot as quickly and painlessly as possible – after all, they want you to come back again next year!
- Do it for your loved ones, if not for yourself. This one is self explanatory – when you are virus free, you help keep those around you healthier, too. Keep up the good work and spread smiles, not sneezes!
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic is currently offering health classes on Diabetic Education, free and open to the public. Learn how to prevent complications from diabetes, and lead a healthier lifestyle. The next session will be held from October 31- November 28, Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm at Our Lady of Mercy: 1684 Brownswood Rd, Johns Island, SC:
October 31—Understanding Diabetes
November 7—Healthy Eating
November 21—Exercise and Medications
November 28—Preventing Complications
You do not have to be a patient of the clinic to register, but space is limited. Call 843-266- 9800 today to sign up!
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As a free medical clinic, #CharlestonCares means that our volunteer physicians, nurses, staff and giving community are always here to help those in need receive free, ongoing primary medical care. Will you help us get the message out?
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