The influenza virus (most commonly known as the flu) is a virus that is not only highly contagious but can lead to other health complications and even death if not treated. There are misconceptions about getting an annual flu shot. Learn more about why you should get a flu shot each year and always consult your family doctor for more information.
The Purpose of an Annual Flu Shot
Cooler weather conditions this time of year can require people to spend more time indoors, and that increases the probability of spreading germs. This is typically when “flu season” happens, and it’s important to understand why getting your flu shot will not only protect your own health but the health of others. This list should help explain why you should get your flu shot and answer some common questions about why it’s important. Click To Tweet
- Stay Healthy This Winter
- Protect Your Family and Friends
- Limit Serious Complications
1) Stay Healthy This Winter
For many of us, the winter months usually mean observing holidays, spending time with our families, or even simply cozying up at home when the weather temperature drops. Having a virus like the flu isn’t fun for anyone. Fortunately, getting a flu shot can help your body avoid reacting to germs that are easily spread through even the smallest sneeze.
2) Protect Your Family and Friends
If you’ve ever visited a friend or family member that expressed that they’ve been feeling “under the weather” and then caught a cold yourself, you probably understand how quickly the flu can spread. Getting a flu shot greatly helps prevent your likeliness to catch a cold from someone who may have it.
Pro Tip: The flu shot decreases your chances of spreading sickness to others that are more susceptible, like babies or elderly people.
3) Limit Serious Complications
A recent study by the CDC stated that an average of 200,000 people each year are hospitalized for common flu-associated cases. When untreated, the flu can be fatal. There are also specific groups of people who are at a higher risk of these complications, including:
- People who have cancer
- Women who are pregnant
- People with diabetes
- Those who have asthma
- Those who a have a history of heart disease or stroke
- People age 65 or older
- People who have HIV or AIDS
Consult your family doctor if you have any of these conditions or diseases for more information on the risks of the influenza virus.
Common Flu Shot Misconceptions
Some may not know that the flu virus changes every year, as do our immune systems, so if you got your flu shot last year it may not be effective in protecting you in the future. Also, most health insurance providers cover the flu shot to make it easier to get each year.
Limit Your Sick Days
Another benefit to getting your flu shot is that it can help eliminate any sick days you may have to take throughout the year. Since the immunization decreases our chances of getting the flu, many people will feel better not having to miss work because of the risk of spreading germs to their coworkers.
Contact Us to learn more about the importance of your annual flu shot, or to find out where to get yours this year.