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Don't Flu-Get
White-Wilson's Annual Influenza Vaccine Has Arrived

FORT WALTON BEACH, Florida – November 24, 2015— The peak of flu season is just around the corner and now is a great time to get your annual flu shot. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most effective way to fight against the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that you consult with your physician regarding which version of the vaccine is best for you and to determine if there is any reason you should not receive the vaccine.

"Your primary care physician is ideally suited to counsel you on the risks and benefits of the influenza vaccination, taking into consideration your past medical history, medication use, allergies, etc. and can advise you if there is a reason you should not get the flu vaccine," said Dr. Frank Francone, a board certified family medicine physician with White-Wilson Medical Center's Immediate Care Clinic.

There are several variations of the influenza vaccine. The nasal flu mist is the live but weakened flu vaccine that is given to healthy patients 2 to 49 years of age. The regular flu shot is for patients 6 months to 64 years old, and the high dose flu vaccine is for patients 65 years and older. All variations of the vaccine are now available at White-Wilson Medical Center.

"It takes the body about 2 weeks to form protective antibodies," said Dr. Francone. "Vaccination should occur before the traditional peak of the flu season in January so that protective antibodies are already in place when the flu season arrives."

Patients can call to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination in White-Wilson's Pediatric, Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Immediate Care Clinics. To schedule an appointment for a flu shot, call 850-863-8100.

About the White-Wilson Medical Center:
White-Wilson Medical Center is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups on Florida's Emerald Coast. With 75 health care providers, more than 20 different specialties, and multiple locations throughout Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville and Navarre, White-Wilson provides a range of health care services to fit most needs. White-Wilson employs state-of-the-art technology, coupled with skilled and experienced providers, friendly and caring staff and the convenience of "one-stop" shopping. Visit white-wilson.com for a list of specialties and services.


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