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Oct 18, 2016 4:30 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Physicians Advise Residents To Prepare For Flu Season

President of Stony Brook University, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. receives his flu shot. PHOTO COURTESY OF STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
Oct 18, 2016 4:43 PM

Flu season is approaching, and Southampton Hospital is preparing for it with a free influenza clinic for adults.

The clinic will be held on Monday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Parrish Memorial Hall at the corner of Lewis Street and Herrick Road in Southampton Village.

The flu, or influenza, is a common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high-risk groups such as young children, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems.

Although last year’s flu season was milder than usual, Dr. Allen Fein, who practices in Southampton, said he believes it is important for everyone to get the vaccination to help prevent a potential disaster like the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed millions—including his grandfather’s first wife.

Dr. Fein pointed out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Vaccines can reduce the number of flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations, and they have been updated for the 2016-17 season.

“Your body makes antibodies to the virus based upon a tiny piece of the virus, so when the real flu hits you, your body has antibodies ready to go,” Dr. Fein said. “It prepares the body to make its defenses ready.”

A recent press release from Stony Brook University highlighted other basic ways to prevent the spread of the flu, including avoiding those who are ill, covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, staying home from work if sick and keeping children out of school and after-school activities if they are sick.

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the president of Stony Brook University, noted in a new public service video that every year about 40 million people in the United States get the flu, and about 19 million people have to see a doctor. Last week, Stony Brook Medicine’s emergency management team vaccinated almost 1,700 employees and students during a 12-hour event.

At his practice, Dr. Fein has about 300 single doses of the vaccine for the season. He noted that since it takes two weeks for the flu shot to kick in, now is a good time to get vaccinated. He described “herd immunity” as critical—when a large portion of the population is immunized against a contagious disease, most community members are protected, because there is less opportunity for an outbreak. Those not vaccinated are protected because those who were vaccinated can no longer be carriers of the disease.

“If we are all resistant, it just stops the bug from being spread,” Dr. Fein said. “It’s a no-brainer to me. You love your children, you love your elders—you get the flu shot for them.”

Dr. Fein said it is a myth that you can get the flu from the vaccine itself—as the vaccine does not have the full virus.

According to Southampton Hospital’s communications coordinator, Alyssa Melillo, there will be hundreds of doses available for the Southampton Hospital flu shot clinic next week. At last year’s clinic, about 300 vaccines were administered. The minimum age to be vaccinated at the clinic is 18 years old.

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