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Who says you need a flu shot in the summer? H1N1 does!

When I think of all the times I’ve come down with the flu, I picture being sick during the wintertime with my achy body curled up under the covers sipping on chicken noodle soup. However, I’ve been sick with the flu many times in the middle of the summer. Every time I’m surprised, as if the Flu should know it is supposed to be “off” during the summer months.

Although the official flu season is October through March, it’s not like we are safe year round. Of matter of fact, the Swine Flu pandemic shocked everyone when it struck off-season between May and October.

After the Swine Flu, otherwise known as H1N1, shook America local physician, Dr. Nicholas Coppola of Compassionate Medical Center, Inc said the Center for Disease Control (CDC) changed their rules. “Now the CDC suggests physicians continue to inoculate their patients until their stock runs out instead of just providing the service during season” Dr. Coppola explained.

In an effort to follow the CDC’s recommendations, Dr. Coppola will be providing free flu shots at Longevity Max Fitness,  in Majestic Plaza behind Outback Steakhouse in Vero Beach, Florida Wednesday, May 25th and Friday, May 27th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

“Every year the flu changes a little bit, so they change the vaccine accordingly so our bodies can fight the new strain”, says Dr. Coppola. “We will get a new vaccine in October to help get people through the next flu season.”

Despite how people despise getting the flu, many people still don’t get the flu shot because they think the flu vaccine can actually give you the flu. Dr. Coppola enlightened me on the myth saying, “the vaccine is a dead virus, so it can’t give you the flu. Anyone who feels tired or achy after getting a flu shot is simply feeling their body working extra hard to build immunity in preparation to fighting the virus.”

Not convinced the flu vaccination is for you and your family? When in doubt, ask the expert. I was pleased to know Dr. Coppola, father of 3, practices what he preaches; making sure his entire family stays protected throughout the year.

Thanks to Dr. Coppola and the Compassionate Medical Center staff, you can have a greater chance of enjoying every beautiful summer day without the flu getting you down. The vaccines provided by Compassionate Medical Center are for available for ages twelve and up. Call Longevity Max Fitness at 772-778-7867 to reserve your vaccine. Walk-ins will also be available as supplies last.




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