Although the number of Americans who receive flu vaccines is on the incline, there are many people who still don’t see why they need one. This is largely because of the idea that influenza is not much worse than a bad cold. The truth is that the flu virus can be dangerous and potentially deadly for even the healthiest of people. Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths every year, but if that reason alone isn’t enough, here are five more reasons why you should get your flu vaccine this fall:
- Inexpensive and accessible
Flu vaccines are available nearly everywhere these days. You can get them at your local drug store, but many opt to receive them from their family doctor or medical clinic. Your family clinic will most likely accept your insurance, which means the vaccine will be of little or no cost to you. Even if you don’t have insurance, the cost of the vaccine is relatively low. It’s a small price to pay for staying well.
- Protect your family
Children and seniors are especially vulnerable to influenza, so the whole family should be immunized to keep them healthy and safe. Kids are often hospitalized with complications from the flu virus, and seniors need even more protection. Take a family trip over to your local health clinic to make sure everyone is protected during flu season.
- Save your sick days
The flu can knock you out for a lengthy period of time, and you certainly don’t want to infect your coworkers. Getting vaccinated at a medical center will make sure you don’t have to take time off from your job and potentially lose money for either your family or your company. That way, you can use your sick days for something you can’t prevent — or for some planned time away you can actually enjoy.
- Flu is contagious, even with no symptoms
Many people actually have the flu virus without experiencing any symptoms. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop the virus from spreading. You could be infecting your family members, friends, coworkers, classmates, or teachers without ever knowing it. Our cellphones are carriers of diseases like the flu, and although we think we’re cleaning them thoroughly, they can still get us and others sick. By getting vaccinated at your family clinic, you’re protecting both yourself and the health of anyone you might come into contact with.
- It won’t give you the flu
Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine will not give you the flu virus! This is a complete myth. Those who came down with the flu after receiving the vaccine were already infected prior to getting the shot. Because the flu can take two weeks to fully take effect in the body, those people just had bad timing. The vaccine uses a deadened form of the virus, so it cannot actually infect you. And because the virus also takes up to two weeks to provide immunization, it’s better not to wait until flu season starts up to get it.
If you’re thinking about protecting yourself and your family with influenza immunizations this season, make a visit to our family clinic. We want to help keep you healthy all year round, and keep you safe from dangerous viruses like the flu. Contact us today to make an appointment or ask any additional questions you might have.