"Do I Really Need A Flu Shot?"

Miren Katixa Aboitiz, a Nurse Practitioner at Mary’s Center’s new site in Fort Totten, DC, answers this crucial question.

Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, fatigue. If you’ve ever had the flu, you recognize these symptoms. And you remember that having them wasn’t fun!  To reduce your chances of falling victim to the flu virus this year, you need to get your flu shot. 

And yes, you do need to get a flu shot EVERY YEAR! The virus evolves and adapts quickly, so last year’s vaccine might not be effective anymore. You need the latest vaccine which contains the flu strains scientists think are most likely to be circulating this year.

Here are 3 excellent reasons why you should make your flu shot appointment TODAY!

1.    Protect Your Newborn Baby

If you are pregnant and get vaccinated, you will get a double benefit! The vaccine will protect you AND it will also protect your newborn1 for the first few months of life, at a time when the baby is too young to get the flu shot himself or herself.

2.    Protect Your Loved Ones

In children under 2, senior citizens and people with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very severe and even fatal. You can protect your loved ones by encouraging them to get a flu shot, but also by getting vaccinated yourself, through something called “herd immunity.” That’s when many people in the community are immunized and, as a result, most members of that community are protected against the disease because there is little risk of an outbreak. Protect yourself and protect others too!

3.    Protect Your Pocketbook

The flu virus can put you out of action for up to two weeks, which could mean a missed paycheck.  You could also incur high medical expenses if you end up in the hospital.  Did you know that 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu in the US each year?2 The flu hurts your body, but it also hurts your pocketbook!

To make appointment for your flu shot, call us at 1-844-796-2797 today!We have 5 medical locations, including our brand-new site in Fort Totten, DC, and our providers are ready to help you protect yourself and your family!

Do remember to tell your doctor if you are allergic to eggs, because most types of flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. If you have a severe egg allergy, you will need to be monitored by your doctor after having the vaccine, so that the doctor can recognize and manage your allergy symptoms3. There is also a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved  flu vaccines that don’t have egg protein for people 18 years and older4, so that might also be an option for you.

katixa AboitizAbout Miren Katixa Aboitiz, MSN, NP-C, WHNP-BC

Specializing in adult primary care and women’s health, Katixa joined the Mary’s Center team in August 2014. She speaks English, Spanish and conversational French. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Katixa studied at the Yale School of Nursing and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Certification Corporation. She enjoys traveling, especially backpacking, as well as hiking and running. Katixa says: “I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team of health care workers, and to have the opportunity to partner with patients for them to be able to make the best possible decisions about their own health.”



1.    Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnancy (Centers for Disease Control - CDC)

2.    Flu Prevention: Saving Lives, Protecting Your Workforce (CDC Foundation)

3.    Flu Vaccine and People with Egg Allergies (Centers for Disease Control)

4.    Flubok Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Centers for Disease Control)


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