5 Reasons To Get The Flu Shot Now
It’s that time of year again – flu season. If you’re unsure about getting the flu shot, here are 5 reasons you may want to consider it this year.
Viruses Change Yearly
Last year’s vaccination will not protect you again this year. So if even if you had your shot last year, your immunity decreases over time and you’ll need a new dose this autumn to develop new antibodies to the viruses.
Sooner Means Safer
There’s no definitive moment when the annual flu season begins or ends, but typically it arrives as early as October and can continue through May. It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to develop, so waiting could mean coming in contact with the virus before you’re fully protected against it.
It Decreases Risk
Pregnant women, children under age 5, anyone over 50, health care workers, those with chronic health conditions, and anyone living or working with them are at the highest risk for flu and should be immunized. High-risk groups should be especially proactive in getting medical treatment, as they can develop fatal complications like pneumonia, dehydration and aggravation of medical conditions like asthma, heart failure or diabetes.
It Travels Easily
All you need to do is cough and the flu virus is airborne. Using hand sanitizers, avoiding crowds and a recent study found that even exercising are good ways to decrease the likelihood of getting sick. But a flu shot is your best bet.
A Flu and a Cold Seem the Same
The flu is a respiratory infection, with symptoms that are deceptively similar to those of a cold: fever, exhaustion, body aches, sore throats, dry cough and itchy eyes and nausea. If these symptoms come on suddenly and are accompanied by an acute fever and aches, then you probably have the flu. Contact your doctor immediately, as treatment is most effective within the first two days of your illness.