By Dr. Alwyn Rapose
Division of Infectious Diseases
Reliant Medical Group
The flu can do more than make you sick and miserable. It can cause severe illness and lead to serious and life-threatening complications, especially for high-risk patients who include those with chronic heart, lung, liver, kidney and blood disorders, and those with cancers and immune problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died of influenza and its complications during last year’s flu season. Reliant Medical Group encourages you to receive a flu vaccine this year. The easiest way to receive a flu shot is to schedule one with your primary care provider. The FluMist nasal spray vaccine is also available this year.
More information on who should get vaccinated against influenza is available at this CDC web page. Remember, vaccination is one of the most effective means of preventing the flu!
About Alwyn Rapose, MD
Originally from India, Dr. Alwyn Rapose now enjoys practicing medicine in Massachusetts. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and liked the experience so much that he stayed on board for another year as Chief Resident. He then completed his Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
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