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Why You Should Get a Flu Shot This Year

During last year's flu season vaccines prevented an estimated 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations. Even if you had a flu shot last year, it's important that those 6 months and older get the shot every season. While influenza viruses function more or less the same, every year there are different types, or strains, of the flu.

It takes around two weeks after receiving a flu shot for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus, so it's best to get your shot before the flu season arrives by late October.

If you live or work with young children, the elderly, or people with certain medical conditions who are more likely to suffer complications from the flu, it's important to get a flu shot, even if you're not in a higher risk category. By doing so you can prevent the spread of the flu to higher risk individuals in the community.

How Does a Flu Shot Work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

Are There Side Effects From Flu Shots?

The side effects from a flu shot are minor, and include soreness at the site of the injection, headache, body aches and in some cases fever.

Have questions about flu shots? Give Parkway Family Physicians a call at 651-690-1311.

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The summer season is a peak time for Minnesotans to travel abroad. With a little planning and preparation you can ensure that you and your family stay healthy and have an enjoyable experience. Parkway Family Physicians offers travel medication and immunization counseling that can address any health conditions that may need treatment abroad as well as providing immunizations against diseases that may be prevalent in certain countries.

By checking your medical history for any known conditions and researching your travel itinerary, we can provide you with the necessary vaccinations, prescriptions and advice to keep you healthy while traveling abroad.

Depending on the countries you're planning to visit, here are some of the vaccinations commonly obtained prior to travel:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – Cervarix or HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – Gardasil
  • Influenza
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal (for Meningococcal Meningitis)
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide – PPSV23 (for Pneumonia)
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Yellow Fever
For more information, visit the the CDC's travel page.

Please schedule your appointment a minimum of six to eight weeks prior to your departure.



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To go to school in Minnesota, students must show they’ve had proper immunizations.

For children, we recommend starting immunizations early to provide protection for our young and most vulnerable as many diseases prevented by vaccines are very often more serious in young children.

Get your children ready for school by making sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Schedule an appointment early.

Make Sure Everything Is Okay

Parkway Family Physicians provides school and sports physicals for athletes and students of all ages. No matter which sport your student athlete plays a sports physical is required to make sure they’re in top shape and healthy enough to participate safely.

Beyond The Athlete’s Physical

Parents want to know that their children are healthy and thriving both physically and developmentally. The best way to do that is to make sure your kids receive an annual physical as part of the back to school routine. Not only will we do a thorough physical examination, we’ll also make sure all immunizations are current.

At Parkway Family Physician we're focused on providing your child with quality care and a great experience each time they visit our clinic.

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