Flu Specialist

Ignatius Medani, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine

Ignatius Medani, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Federal Way, WA

Recent flu seasons have been severe, with many sufferers missing work or even being hospitalized with symptoms. Your best chance to avoid the flu and all of its awful symptoms is to get a yearly flu vaccination. Ignatius Medani, MD, the internal medicine doctor at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine in Federal Way, Washington, provides both flu vaccinations for prevention and effective treatment if you need it. Click the online scheduler or call the office for your appointment now.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is a common respiratory condition that affects up to 20% of all Americans each year. Influenza viruses A, B, and C cause the flu. Each of these viruses has multiple strains, so the World Health Organization researches flu viruses every year to identify the most prevalent current strains to make an effective flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Flu symptoms can vary, from fairly mild to life-threateningly serious. Common symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • A sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • A runny nose
  • Body soreness
  • A headache
  • Exhaustion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Some flu sufferers have a fever as well. Whether you have a fever or not, you should take flu symptoms seriously and allow yourself time to recover.

Sometimes, flu causes complications like sinus infections or ear infections. In severe situations, you can even develop pneumonia from a flu virus.

Do I need to get a flu vaccination?

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all Americans six months old and up get a flu vaccination. Dr. Medani recommends a specific type of flu vaccination for you based on your age and your health. For example, healthy men and women in their 20s often need a completely different type of flu vaccination than seniors who suffer from chronic health problems.

The flu vaccination is fast and easy. You can schedule it during a regular checkup or even get your vaccination during a walk-in or same-day appointment at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine. You can reduce your flu risk by 40-60% with a flu vaccination, which is an excellent trade-off for a very brief vaccination.

Can I get the flu from a flu vaccination?

No. This is a very common misconception. When you get a flu vaccination, the tiny amount of viruses going into your body won’t cause the flu for one of two different reasons.

  • Inactive: The virus is inactive, which means it can’t cause infection
  • Single gene: You get one virus gene, which causes an immune response but not an infection

Don’t let a widespread misconception keep you from getting the most effective flu prevention available. Schedule your flu vaccination or get flu symptom relief at Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine through the online tool or by phone today.