ADDISON, Texas, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The flu season is in full swing, and health officials predict this year's outbreak of seasonal influenza to be stronger than usual. To help protect against this highly contagious illness, Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is offering seasonal flu vaccines at more than 310 medical centers across the country.
Seasonal influenza, or the flu, is an extremely contagious respiratory infection and often includes symptoms like high fever, cough, and full body aches. Flu symptoms are more severe than those of colds, and can cause medical complications that result in an average of 36,000 deaths each year. But the flu can be prevented with an annual flu vaccine. Doctors and experts agree that a flu vaccine is the best defense against contracting the flu virus. It has been calculated to save more than 8 million lives annually – the equivalent of one person saved every five seconds.
"With an all-new seasonal flu vaccine available this fall, it's more important than ever for the public to be protected against circulating strains of influenza," said Senior Vice-President of Medical Operations Bill Lewis, M.D. "By providing employers and patients in the area with seasonal flu shots, physicians and public health officials can better prepare for the upcoming flu season."
As medical experts in the flu, Concentra recommends that any individual who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. To help save money and reduce the risk of catching the flu virus, Concentra offers flu shots at all Concentra Urgent Care locations across the country. The company is also scheduling flu vaccine clinics at employer worksites across the nation to assist employers in keeping their employees safe and healthy.
To learn more information about the seasonal flu, including popular myths and facts about influenza, visit www.concentra.com, or the nearest Concentra Urgent Care location.
Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is a leading health care company focused on improving America's health, one patient at a time. Through its affiliated clinicians, the company provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services from more than 310 medical centers in 40 states. In addition to these medical center locations, Concentra serves employers by providing a broad range of health advisory services and operating more than 260 worksite medical facilities. Through this complement of services, Concentra intends to raise the standard of health by putting individuals first, treating them with clinical excellence, and focusing on their ongoing wellness. www.Concentra.com
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
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