Making a Difference: Gary Nally

Picture 2Gary Nally has seen a lot of innovation in his 26 years with Gibson County Coal. “There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the way we mine coal and in our technology. We’re just so much more advanced than we were 25 or 30 years ago.”

He also values the improvements in the way health care is provided. “We never used to have nurse stations or Health Centers, and so we’ve come a long way in that way, too. I know it’s helped me tremendously.”

Gary’s story begins with a sore throat. “So I came to the nurse and they prescribed an antibiotic. But my throat still hurt. So I went to my family doctor and he gave me some other things. Still hurt,” he recalls.

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Q: Won’t the flu shot give me the flu?

No. Flu shots don’t cause flu. But I can understand why some people think this way.2010 (113) clipping copy

What happens when you get a flu shot is that you receive dead flu viruses. These dead viruses can’t cause flu (that’s good!), but your body responds to them anyway and begins creating antibodies against the viruses. After about two weeks, your body is fortified with these antibodies and prepared to take out the live flu viruses if you are exposed to them.

Sometimes after you get a flu shot, you can feel your body responding. Perhaps you have a runny nose for a day or two. It’s not the flu. It’s a sign that you’re building up protection.

Do you have more questions about flu shots? Just ask us. And be sure that you and your family get the shot and not the flu this year!

~ NP Hermiety Van Laar, Tunnel Ridge

Get the Shot, Not the Flu

flu poster gardientFree Flu Shots at All On-Site Health Centers

Free flu shots are available for employees, spouses, and children at your on-site Health Center now.

This year’s vaccine will protect you against the three flu viruses that are expected to be most common during the upcoming flu season. (more…)