Flu season is upon us, and between five and 20 percent of Americans get ill from the virus each year. To prevent influenza millions of people are going to hospitals and clinics for their flu immunization shots. You may have asked yourself “Should I get a flu immunization shot?” The answer is a resounding “Yes.”
Here are a few reasons why you should get a flu immunization shot.
1. It will prevent you from getting the flu. It’s better to be safe that sorry. Even if you’re a person that never gets sick, you can use the flu shot as extra protection from getting ill. Why take a chance that you won’t catch the flu? If you do get the shot ,you’ll increase your chances of avoiding the high fever, headaches, tiredness, sore throat and other symptoms that accompany the flu. After you get the shot, your body will be immune from the disease in about ten days.
2. It is safe and simple to get a flu immunization shot. Some have thought that the shots contain the flu virus. It does not contain a live virus so you can’t get the flu from it. There is also nasal flu vaccine that contains a weakened virus, but the odds of getting the flu from the nasal vaccine is very low. It is also simple to get vaccinated. Maybe hospitals and clinics offer shots for a low fee- even for free in some instances.
3. You’ll be protected from flu complications and potentially fatal illnesses. Complications from the flu can cause death, especially for those with an impaired immune system or chronic illness. Flu complications kill about 36,000 people in America each year. Another 200,000 people are hospitalized each year. This is preventable by getting a flu immunization shot to ward off the illness.
4. You’ll ensure the health of others. Getting a flu immunization shot lowers your risk of catching the flu and passing it along to those more susceptible to the illness. This is especially important for those that care for children younger than five years old. About 20,000 children age five and younger are hospitalized each year because of the flu. Adults 50 years and older and pregnant women are also more susceptible to catching the flu. Get a flu shot if you are regularly around people that fit these high risk categories. If you were to go un-vaccinated and catch the virus you may spread it before you even know you’re ill.
5. Getting a flu immunization shot will make you feel more at ease. If you’ve had your shot, you can feel more comfortable about making it through flu season. Be sure to continue to wash your hands to further help prevent catching and spreading the disease.