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Debunking Flu Vaccine Myths

Now is the right time to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sporadic flu activity is already being reported in 42 states across the nation, including South Carolina. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the flu. But a lot of people choose not to get it, saying it will give them flu symptoms or that it’s not worth it because doesn’t always work against all strains of the flu. In this WLTX news report, Dr. Joshua Prince of Lexington Family Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, debunks these flu vaccine myths.

One common rumor is that the flu vaccine will give you the flu. Dr. Prince says that’s absolutely false. The flu vaccine provides your immune system with a process to build antibodies that will either prevent you from getting the flu, or help you fight the flu.

Some people may have mild reactions to the flu shot including body aches lasting one or two days. Dr. Prince says that’s much better than getting the flu. The flu will invade your nasal passages, throat and lungs – and the body aches and fever can be devastating, leading to hospitalization or even death.

Another reason some people skip the flu shot is that it’s not always effective against all strains. For example, last year’s flu shot was only about 30% effective. Dr. Prince says the vaccine is still worth it. While a number of influenza viruses do exist, we have the best flu vaccine that experts can make every year. A lot of research goes into preparing the vaccine each year and we should take advantage of it. The effectiveness does vary from year to year, but even if it’s only 10 to 30 percent effective, that’s better than nothing.

Welcome Candace N. Prince, DO, and Joshua Prince, DO to Lexington Family Medicine

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Candace N. Prince, DO, and Joshua Prince, DO, to Lexington Family Medicine, the newest physician practice in the hospital’s network of care. The practice provides comprehensive family medical care to patients of all ages.

Dr. Candace Prince

Dr. Candace Prince graduated magna cum laude from North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, and earned her medical degree from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, graduating with Sigma Sigma Phi honors. She then completed her family medicine residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Prince most recently cared for patients of all ages at Self Medical Group Family Healthcare in Newberry, South Carolina. In addition to her clinical practice, she volunteered in her community as a medical consultant and clinic program coordinator for Reach Out and Read. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Dr. Prince is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She specializes in women’s health, pediatric and adolescent care, and minor procedures.

Dr. Joshua Prince

Dr. Joshua Prince graduated summa cum laude from North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, and earned his medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. He then completed his family medicine residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Prince most recently cared for patients of all ages at Self Medical Group Family Healthcare in Newberry, South Carolina. In addition to his clinical practice, he volunteered in his community as a medical consultant for Reach Out and Read. Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Dr. Prince is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He has specific interests in minor procedures, sports medicine, preventive medicine and endocrinology.

Drs. Candace and Joshua Prince are accepting new patients. Their office is located inside Lexington Medical Park 2 on the Lexington Medical Center campus in West Columbia.

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