It’s getting that time of year again – time to start planning for that flu shot. What? You’re not thinking about skipping it this year, are you? Here are 8 reasons why you should not make that mistake.
#1: It Saves Lives
The flu is actually quite common. Sometimes it passes but other times it could leave you in the hospital. Influenza can cause problems like dehydration, pneumonia, and other infections. There are over 200,000 every year who are hospitalized due to the flu and even rare cases where influenza leads to death.
#2: You won’t Miss as Much Work
Even if you catch influenza and are not hospitalized, you will still have to recuperate. That means you will miss work and potentially lose money. This can be avoided by getting your flu shot.
#3: You Are Definitely Eligible
The Center for Disease Control has made it clear who is supposed to get a flu shot. Anyone who is over six months of age should get an annual flu shot. So you do not have to worry about whether or not you are eligible. While there are a few exceptions, this is almost always true.
#4: There is a Needleless Version Available
If you are scared of needles then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a needleless version available! If you are between the ages of 2 and 49, then there is a nasal spray that can be taken as long as you are not pregnant and are asthma-free. There is also another version with a very small needle. Technically it’s not needleless, but the needle is so small that it won’t hurt at all.
#5: People Over 65 Have a Specialized Flu Shot
There is a specific flu shot for individuals over 65. It provides a higher level of protection since these people will have compromised immune systems. So if you are over 65, then you will get your very own specialized flu shot!
#6: You Will Not Catch the Flu from the Flu Vaccination
Catching the flu is one of many common myths surrounding the flu vaccination and it is completely untrue. You are given a dead virus that will not cause you to catch influenza. So don’t fall prey to this rumor.
#7: The Flu Vaccine Changes Every Year
Every year before flu season begins, the CDC will determine which strain of influenza is most likely to show up and will provide a vaccination accordingly. The vaccine will reduce your chances of contracting certain strains and even if you do get sick, the symptoms will not be as severe.
#8: Stay Healthier by Getting the Vaccine As Soon As Possible
Flu season will usually start sometime in October and will continue well into May. So it’s essential that you get vaccinated as quickly as possible to avoid catching this nasty bug. We all used to wait until later in the year to receive the vaccine but now it’s so variable that the CDC encourages people to get it as quickly as possible. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to take effect.