Help fight the flu

September 16, 2015

​Providence Alaska Medical Center encourages community members to get flu shots early

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Flu season is just around the corner, and the sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It can take up to two weeks for immunization to become effective, and by that time we may already begin to experience flu outbreaks in our area. 

“Getting the influenza vaccination is the best way to keep you and your loved ones from getting the flu,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Other important steps to take include washing your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Many common surfaces we come into contact with every day can carry the germs that help spread the flu.” 

Additionally, people are encouraged to eat healthy foods, exercise and get adequate rest, all of which can help decrease the chance of becoming ill or reduce severity of an illness. 

Flu shots are encouraged for people 6 months and older, especially pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses. It’s important to receive the flu shot every year because vaccines are tailored to address the changes in flu strains. Flu symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, cough and head and muscle ache. 

To determine if the flu shot is right for you, please contact your doctor. Flu shots are available at the Medical Arts Pharmacy at Providence Alaska Medical Center and other locations in Alaska; to find the location nearest you, please call the State of Alaska Public Health nursing line at 1-800-499-2964. 
 
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About Providence Alaska Medical Center 
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org​.