Arm Yourself with a Flu Shot
When you have the flu, it feels like you've been hit with a ton of bricks. So be ready this year! Walk in to one of our 19 primary care clinics anytime for a flu shot. And remember, if you do get sick, our caring and experienced team will get you back on your feet in no time. When it's that's time of year again, we're your go-to team.
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>>> The Facts about Flu Shots
With so many people affected by the common cold and the flu, it may seem impossible to avoid catching one, or both. But you can greatly reduce your chances. Arm yourself with a flu shot and information about the common cold and the flu.
Primary Care Clinics
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Antioch (135th St. and Antioch Rd. in Overland Park)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Arbor Creek (159th St. and Mur-Len Rd. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Blackfoot (135th St. and Blackfoot Dr. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Osawatomie (1st St. and Main St. in Osawatomie)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Paola (The Doctors Builing at Miami County Medical Center)
Olathe Health Internal Medicine & Pediatrics (The Doctors Building 1 at Olathe Medical Center)
Olathe Health Care Express - Gardner (Inside the Price Chopper in Gardner)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - College Point (K7 and College Blvd. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Internal Medicine (The Doctors Building 2 at Olathe Medical Center)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - La Cygne (Broadway St. and Market St. in LaCygne)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Louisburg (Crestview Dr. and Amity St. in Louisburg)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Mur-Len (131st St. and Mur-Len Rd. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Mound City (1st St. and 52 Hwy in Mound City)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Olathe Medical Park (The Doctors Building 1 at Olathe Medical Center
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Mahaffie (151st St. and Mahaffie St. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Family Medicine - Gardner (Cherokee Dr. and Center St. in Gardner)
Olathe Health Pediatrics - College Point (K7 and College Blvd. in Olathe)
Olathe Health Pediatrics - Olathe Medical Park (151st St. and in Olathe)
Olathe Health Urgent Care (135th St. and Blackfoot Dr. in Olathe)
The Facts about Flu Shots
A Physician's Perspective
Dr. Melissa Lane, a family practice doctor at Olathe Health Family Medicine - Olathe Medical Park, answers frequently asked questions about the importance of the flu shot.
1. How does a flu shot protect you during the flu season?
The flu vaccine causes antibodies to build up in your system about two weeks after you get the vaccination. Those antibodies help protect against the viruses that are in the vaccine and keep you from getting sick.
2. Why is it important to get your flu shot annually?
Protection from the vaccine declines over time, so it's important to get a shot each year to help protect you from the flu. Also, the most common strains of the flu are always changing, and the formulation within the flu vaccine is reviewed annually to keep up with the most prevalent strains.
3. What should I do if I think I have the flu?
If you have symptoms of the flu, which include fever, chills, cough, body aches, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue, you should contact your doctor. There are antiviral drugs available to treat the flu virus, and your doctor may consider prescribing one of these for you.
4. There are several common misconceptions about flu shots. Can you provide accurate information about these claims?
"The flu vaccine can give you the flu."
The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The flu vaccine that is given with a needle is made in one of two ways: with an "inactivated" virus or no virus at all, and therefore neither of these can cause the flu. The flu viruses that are given in the nasal form are weakened and also cannot cause the flu.
"There is no treatment for the flu."
There are treatments for the flu called antivirals. They are medications that fight against the flu in your body. Antivirals can only be prescribed by your health care provider. You should contact your doctor promptly if you think you have the flu as antivirals work best within two days of getting sick.
"Antibiotics can fight the flu."
Antibiotics cannot fight the flu. Influenza is an illness caused by the flu virus. The only medications that can fight flu viruses are antivirals. Antibiotics only work on bacteria and therefore will not work for the flu.
"If you get the flu, you can't get it again during that flu season."
Even if you get the flu, you can get the flu again during the same flu season. The reason for this is that there are multiple different strains of the flu that have a similar presentation. The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot.
"Vaccines are dangerous."
Vaccines are continually monitored for safety. Just like medications, vaccines can have side effects, but almost all of them are minor and go away on their own. There is a much higher likelihood of bad outcomes from getting the flu than from getting the flu vaccine. This statement applies to all diseases for which we have a vaccine.