What you need to know about getting the flu vaccination

Flu season starts in October and runs through March

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It's that time of the year when people are getting sick during flu season, and it can take people by storm.

When people have seasonal influenza, it can impact school attendance and daily productivity.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, aching muscles, fever over 100.4 Fahrenheit, fatigue and weakness, according to Mayo Clinic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu has caused between 9.3 million and 49 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010. 

The ideal time to get a flu vaccination is in September or October, as flu season starts in October and goes through March.

If you're wondering if the flu vaccination is right for you and your family, listed below are some of the benefits of the flu vaccination. 

Keeps you from getting sick with flu

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor visits each year. Vaccines help your body prepare to fight off the flu if it hits you.

Protects pregnant women and their babies

Getting the flu during pregnancy increases your risk of becoming hospitalized. A flu shot can decrease your risk of getting the flu during your pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization 

There were an estimated 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations for children, working-age adults and other adults during 2016-2017, according to CDC.

Gonzaba Medical Group has seven locations in San Antonio that have the flu vaccination available to patients. Depending on your coverage, the flu vaccination can be free or it's a small charge.

For more information, visit gonzaba.com or call 210-899-5731. 



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