Allegheny Medical Offers Flu Vaccines to Help Decrease the Risk of Severe Flu Illness This Year

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With flu season around the corner, individuals are urged to take precautions to protect themselves and others from influenza.

Allegheny Medical Integrated Health Services (http://www.alleghenymedical.com/)], one of Pittsburgh's premiere health care facilities, is an organization of physicians and health care professionals whose mission is to build better health for every aspect of an individual's life. Allegheny Medical is pleased to announce that they offer flu vaccines at their Cliff Mine Road location.

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Last year, a new flu virus, referred to as the H1N1 flu, spread around the world. This strain of flu caused more severe illness than normal.

During the 2009-2010 flu season, the H1N1 virus spread the same way that seasonal flu spreads, which is mainly from person to person through sneezing or coughing by people who have influenza. Another way people become infected is by touching objects or surfaces with the flu virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth.

Every year, an estimated 50 million Americans contract the flu and 40% of employees who miss work due to the flu were not vaccinated. Even more sobering is the number of people who die from flu-related complications--36,000 annually.

The good news is that the flu vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu season peaks from December to March, so it is recommended that people receive their flu shots in October or November to avoid getting ill.

Last year, the seasonal vaccine did not protect against the H1N1 flu virus because it differed genetically from the virus that was in last season's vaccine. However, this year's flu vaccine has been designed to protect against multiple illnesses.

For your convenience, Allegheny Medical offers the 2010-2011 flu shot which protects against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.

Flu vaccinations can be given at the Allegheny Medical facility on an individual basis or on site for the employees at your company. Please call 412-494-4550 to schedule today.

About Allegheny Medical

Now in its 26th year, Allegheny Medical is an organization of physicians and health care professionals dedicated to serving the health needs of companies, individuals, families, and communities in Western Pennsylvania. Allegheny Medical's mission is to provide better care to build better health for every aspect of an individual's life.

In 1984, Dr. Neal Fanelli founded the center with the intention of providing patients the highest quality and most cost effective health care that would bring about life changing results. To date, Allegheny Medical has done this for over 40,000 patients and continues their commitment to provide expert and compassionate care. Hundreds of local and national companies, municipalities, and school districts depend on Allegheny Medical for their health care needs.

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