Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

The flu is a lot more serious than people realize. Last year in 2017, the flu was the deadliest in the last 40 years. Approximately 80,000 people died, including 180 children. So getting your flu shot before the flu season is in full swing is vital for your health and those around you.

It’s important to note that getting the flu shot does not guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but it should reduce your symptoms making it less dangerous.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons to get your flu shot.

  1. The Flu is Serious
  2. As I mentioned above, the flu can be deadly. More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for flu-related illnesses. There are certain groups of people who are more susceptible to getting the flu. They include:

    • Adults 65 and older
    • Those with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes
    • Those with heart disease or with past history of strokes
    • Pregnant women
    • Those with HIV or AIDS
    • Those with cancer

  3. The Flu Vaccine is Effective
  4. The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-related illnesses by 61%. This, of course, varies depending on the year and how closely the flu vaccine matches the current flu strain.

  5. You Can Prevent Others from Getting Sick
  6. Sometimes people are unable to get the flu vaccine because their immune systems aren’t capable of fighting it. If a healthy person gets the flu vaccine, they prevent the virus from spreading to those who can’t get the vaccine. So if you’re not doing it for yourself, do it those around you.

  7. Last Year’s Flu Shot Won’t Work This Year
  8. The flu strain changes every year, making it necessary to get a new flu shot every year to provide continuous protection.

  9. Flu Shots Are Covered by Most Health Insurance
  10. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover preventative care, including the flu vaccine. Check your health plan. Some plans require you to get your flu vaccine by an in-network provider in order for it to be covered.

How the Flu Vaccine Works

The flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in your body about two weeks after you are vaccinated. These antibodies then fight against infection and protect you from the flu viruses that are in the vaccine.

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