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Flu Shots : Good for our health now and in the future.

Dear Fellow Business Traveler,

We've all had the flu at some time or another and know how miserable it can be.  Well, getting an annual flu shot can help keep you from having to suffer this year and also have some great long term benefits.  In this month's Newsletter, we talk about the influenza virus and the benefits of getting vacinated.

To Your Health, 
Healthy Travel Network

squareInfluenza: Prevention is definitely the best cure.

1. An acute contagious viral infection characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration. Also called grippe.
2. Any of various viral infections of domestic animals characterized generally by fever and respiratory involvement.

Each year, usually in the winter, we hear about the onset of the flu or influenza virus.  Most of us have experienced the flu and would surely not want to do it again.  Although the flu is far different than the common cold, its symptoms start off the same but eventually become a lot worse.  Plus, the flu symptoms can linger for extended periods of time, keeping you down for a couple weeks or more.  This is especially true for young children and older adults.  With the baby boomer segment of the population reaching an age where they have more health concerns, it is understandable that a severe flu season could pose major problems on the health of these individuals.


The flu virus is extremely strong and constantly mutating.  By getting an annual flu shot, you are not only helping to keep yourself healthy for the current season, but also helping to build up your immune system over the long term to be able to fight off new strains of the flu virus.  Even if you are still younger than what is considered to be an older adult, which are more susceptible to the flu, getting regular flu shots will help prepare your body for when you are older.  Consider it a good preventative measure. 


Traveling can be especially problematic for several reasons.  The biggest reason is that the human body adapts to its surroundings.  So, by traveling you are exposing yourself to a lot of foreign elements.  Spending a lot of time in planes, trains, rental cars and hotel rooms can potentially expose you to a lot of communicable disease that you don’t have any immunity for.  Not to mention that you will be eating a lot of prepared foods that could further bring you in contact with a virus you’ve never been exposed to.    


So, getting a simple flu shot can help give you the defenses necessary to travel with confidence.  Plus, you’ll be thankful for limiting your chances of getting sick at an inappropriate time.  If you’ve ever had to travel while you’ve been sick, you know what we’re talking about. 

squareMore Helpful Information

:: Check out the Revolution Health: Getting a Flu Shot page for more information.

:: To find a location near you to get a flu shot, here are two great national pages:
American Lung Association : Flu Shot Locator
Maxim Health Systems : Find a Flu Shot Clinic

:: Click here to learn about the FluMist Intranasal influenza Virus Vaccine.

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Great Links to Check Out
Revolution Health: Getting a Flu Shot
American Lung Association : Flu Shot Locator
Maxim Health Systems : Find a Flu Shot Clinic
FluMist Intranasal influenza Virus Vaccine