Each year from November to April, millions of people come down with the flu. Medical experts like Raymond Brovont, M.D., Medical Director, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, notes that while the flu—which typically enters the body through the mouth or nose—can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu shot.
“We’re pleased to provide this free flu clinic to keep our community healthy,” Dr. Brovont says. “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect against the flu. It is critical to protect yourself and your loved ones, to help keep our community healthy and to avoid a trip to the Emergency Room."
The flu virus can become airborne if an infected individual coughs or sneezes, which tends to spread the flu rapidly to people in close proximity. Flu symptoms can be mistaken for a cold, but Dr. Brovont notes that the onset is normally more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.
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