Marcia Noyes

Turtle to Turbo Speed: Will She or Won't She?

iTriage, LLC | October 21st, 2010 | Visit the original article online

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Four months down and four months to go until marathon day, or as I call it, “when the real suffering begins.” As the marathon draws closer and the countdown to flu season begins, we’ve had many office discussions about whether or not a flu shot is in order when training for a marathon. It’s so easy to get one these days unlike last year when the H1 N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine was in short supply. You can use the iTriage app to find the closest urgent care, retail clinic or physician anywhere in the country and healthcare providers seem to have plenty of flu vaccine this year. All that discussion left me with questions, like:

  • Is the immune system of a marathoner better than the normally active person?
  • Does extensive running stress the body to a point that the body is more susceptible to flu?
  • Does it hurt? (Despite what some people think, pain is something I really don’t enjoy.)