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Flu Fights Back

SPRINGDALE, AR -- With the number of flu deaths on the rise, doctors say it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. If you got the shot but still got sick, there is an answer as to why.
SPRINGDALE, AR -- With the number of flu deaths on the rise, doctors say it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. If you got the shot but still got sick, there is an answer as to why.

"We've been seeing a lot of flu cases, a lot of flu swabs coming back positive... Shortness of breath, worsening cough, severe diarrhea, vomiting, uncontrollable fever."

The flu is fighting back this season, forcing some patients to the emergency room. Doctor Carlos Rodriguez with Northwest Health System explained how the virus can conquer the vaccine.

"A lot of people complain, they say 'Well, I really don't get the flu shot because every time I get it I get sick'... People need to understand that when you get the flu shot, you are protected against the most lethal types."

The shot protects you from several different strains of the flu, but you can still get sick from an undiscovered strain.

"The virus mutates so fast and so quickly. That is the reason why every year we need a new flu shot... That vaccine for the year, for the coming year is going to be obsolete."

Even so, Dr. Rodriguez believes keeping yourself from getting sick on past flu viruses is worth getting the shot and since it is still peak flu season, it is not too late.

"We have seen a peak in our clinic of patients that are actually walking in wanting the flu vaccine and wanting to know a little bit more about how to prevent the flu... I think it's very important that you try to get the flu vaccine... It's going to decrease their risk."

Also, of course, keep the antibacterial close and turn the water to hot.

"Hand washing is something very very important in terms of prevention."

Dr. Rodriguez also said the flu vaccine is exactly the same across the board. There is not one specifically for children and another more effective for the elderly. The same vaccine is distributed across the state and across the country.




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