Flu season is once again upon us.
With COVID-19 variants still circulating, it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot since it’s possible to contract both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. Both viruses affect the respiratory system, impacting lung function.
Immunizations such as vaccines for COVID-19 and the flu play a major role in preventive medicine. Additionally, there are several vaccines adults should be current on to stave off other diseases.
For those who are skeptical about the flu shot’s effectiveness, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that the seasonal flu vaccine reduces the chance of having to visit the doctor by 40-60%. Contrary to some beliefs, getting a flu shot does not cause the flu and prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. It’s especially helpful to those with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease or asthma.
Coming down with the flu—which is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death—can mean several days in bed for some. Others see more severe effects that can lead to complications such as pneumonia and other bacterial infections, as well as worsening of existing health conditions.
While there is a potential for some side effects such as soreness at the injection site, fatigue, muscle aches and nausea, the benefits can be life-saving. This is especially true for children. The important antibodies that build up in those who receive the flu vaccine are known to either prevent the flu altogether or severely reduce flu symptoms should a vaccinated person contract the flu.
Finally, getting the flu shot can protect the people around you from coming down with the potentially deadly virus. Those at the greatest risk of severe complications from the flu include babies and young children, and the elderly. These groups tend to have lower immune systems and a higher risk of complications from the flu.
The flu shot is the single most effective way to prevent the flu, so schedule your flu shot appointment today!