Flu season in the U.S. most commonly begins in October and can end as late as May. If you’ve been out of your home, watched television, or browsed online these past few months you have probably spotted at least a few reminders to get your annual flu shot.
If you’ve been ignoring these messages, we hope this list will help you change your mind.
Even healthy people need a flu vaccine
The flu is a contagious disease which affects your lungs and can turn into a serious illness, like pneumonia. At the very least, having the flu can make you miss a significant amount of work or school, at the worst the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death.
While it is true that pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are more at risk of flu-related complications, people who do not meet these characteristics still have a chance of developing complications. So, why risk it?
Flu vaccines protect you AND those around you
It is true that if you don’t get a flu shot and get sick, you can still bounce back fairly quickly. However, as mentioned before, the flu is a highly contagious disease and you could spread the disease to people you come in contact with from the day before symptoms appear to up to seven days after symptoms start showing. Think about how many people you come in contact with in a week and think about how many of those people are your family and friends. Don’t risk them getting sick.
Flu shots can’t give you the flu and the most common side effects are very mild
The flu vaccine does not cause people to get the flu; however, it can cause mild side effects such as: body aches, soreness on the arm where the shot was given, a stuffy nose, or sore throat. These side effects usually last one to two days.
You don’t necessarily have to get a shot if you are uncomfortable with needless
For people who are not pregnant and are ages 2 through 49 years old, the nasal spray flu vaccine is a great alternative to getting a shot.
Remember that you need to get a flu shot every year to be fully protected against the changing flu viruses. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations such as: doctors offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and schools.