Trinity Mother Frances offers best flu shot available

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:47pm

The Center for Disease Control has been researching the best way to provide patients protection from the flu. During clinical studies they found way to combat the flu based on age groups, particularly affecting the general adult population and senior citizens.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will be offering a new “super shot”. The flu vaccine for adults will fight more strands of the illness compared to earlier vaccines. Doctors were finding that a new strand of the flu would find its way past the vaccine, so they created a vaccine that fights against four strands of the illness.

For seniors, doctors were finding their immune systems to not be strong enough to fight the flu, even with the standard vaccine. Mother Frances now has a “high-dose” vaccine specifically targeted to senior citizens in hopes to fight flu symptoms and prevent hospitalization.
Pharmacy Clinical Manger told KETK the flu is more dangerous than people realize. Several thousand people die from the flu every year. With the increase in illegal immigrants coming into the country, and without the required immunization, spreading of the flu is greater and those without the shot are more susceptible.

This new flu shot can be given at Mother Frances hospital and at the Trinity Mother Frances clinics throughout Tyler. Martin encourages everyone to get their flu shot sooner, rather than later.

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Net Health also offers the High dose for anyone over 65 years of age.

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