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If Tommy Hawk Can Get His Flu Shot, You Can Too!

Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:02 AM

Flu season is here. Keep the flu from catching up with you and the rest of your family by going to your nearest NorthShore Immediate Care Center to get your flu shot. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against and prevent the spread of the flu.

Everyone over the age of six months can and should be vaccinated against the flu each year, especially children under five and people over 65 because they are at high risk for serious flu-related complications.

More than 60 NorthShore sites will offer flu shots this year. 

In partnership with the Blackhawks, watch this fun video that shows Blackhawks mascot, Tommy Hawk, getting his flu shot at one of NorthShore’s Immediate Care sites. It’s quick and easy!

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Still nervous? Here are some helpful tips to remember when getting the flu shot:

Relax. Shots are more painful when a muscle is tense. Until the shot is administered, let your arm hang, or if seated, lay your hand flat on your upper leg.

Make a game plan. Decide which arm will receive the injection. A shot in your dominant arm may mean you notice more soreness, but the extra movement of the arm will help work the vaccine into the muscle faster.

Ease the Pain. A dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce inflammation.

Drink up! Make sure to drink water before and following the vaccination. Hydrated muscles aid in quicker recovery and take up the inoculant more efficiently than a dehydrated muscle.

Treat yourself. Sucking or chewing on something sugary during the injection releases endorphins, helping reduce the amount of pain you feel.