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The Only Thing to Prevent You from Getting the Flu is YOU!
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Fall is in the air, which means the runny noses, coughs, and fevers of the flu season aren’t far behind.

“Now is the perfect time for everyone to get the flu vaccine,” says Katarzyna “Kate” Zorns, MD, Family Medicine. “The flu affects everyone. Even the healthiest person can get sick.” To keep the flu from spreading, everyone six months and older should receive a flu vaccine. Read more…


“It is especially important that certain groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing complications,” says Dr. Zorns.

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People highly recommended for flu vaccine:

  • Those who are 50 years and older.
  • Children (six months and older) and teenagers.
  • Those who live in or work in nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities that house those with chronic diseases.
  • Adults and children with chronic pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders such as asthma.
  • Adults and children who have chronic metabolic disease, renal dysfunction, and sickle cell disease.
  • Those who will be pregnant during flu season.


Some people should not be vaccinated for the flu before talking with their health care provider. These are reasons to talk your doctor:

  • You have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • You have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.
  • You developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccine.


Afraid of needles? Don’t worry. Vaccinations are available in 1 of 2 ways.

  • With a flu shot, given with a needle. This form of the vaccine contains killed virus and is approved for all people older than 6 months. The injections are relatively painless and are given very quickly so the discomfort is minimal.
  • With a nasal spray vaccine. This form contains live, weakened flu viruses that cannot cause the flu. This form is approved for healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 to 49 years.

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It’s also prime time for pneumonia to rear its ugly head.


“Pneumonia can be a serious, potentially fatal condition, particularly in the very young and in older adults, but it can be prevented with a vaccine,” says Dr. Zorns. “Bacterial pneumonia can develop after a case of the flu, when your immune system is weak from fighting the flu virus.”


Experts recommend the pneumococcal vaccine for people age 65 and older, as well as those at high risk for serious problems. The CDC recommends that people ages 65 and older have a second dose of the pneumococcal vaccine if it has been five years since the first dose and if they were younger than age 65 when they received it.


Wheaton Ross Zorns, Kate 8-5-13br (2)Your physician has a supply of flu and pneumonia vaccines available at his or her office. Just call to schedule a quick and easy appointment.


Dr. Zorns is accepting patients of all ages at her new office located at 4328 Old Green Bay Road in Mount Pleasant. You can make an appointment with Dr. Zorns through our Online Appointment Request or call her office at (262) 687-7606.

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