It’s October, which means flu season is in full swing. One of the most important ways for you and your family to make it through this flu season is by getting vaccinated.
Getting the flu can potentially be a serious thing sometimes leading to hospitalization and even death. It is important to take your health seriously, and that starts with getting the necessary protection against illnesses. The flu may seem like a somewhat harmless illness that comes around full force once a year, but no flu is the same and no flu should be taken lightly.
The vaccinations are extremely safe. There is no reason to be afraid to get your flu shot. The actual vaccine is highly effective and the possible side effects are greatly outweighed by the immense benefits. And if you are afraid of needles, don’t let that stop you! One tip is to ask the nurse or medical professional administering your vaccine to pinch your arm near the area in which they are going to give you your shot.
Getting YOUR vaccine will help OTHERS. Just by having your kids vaccinated, you reduce the risk of other children getting sick. There are some cases in which it is not recommended for children to receive the flu vaccine (see a doctor for further information) and it is irresponsible for you to put those children at risk just because you didn’t have your own children vaccinated.
No, the flu vaccine will not give you the flu. While you may experience some flu-like side effects in the days following your doctor visit, you will not get the flu.
Yes, it’s recommended that you get one every year. It is important to get a flu vaccine every year to make sure your body knows exactly what to fight against if you do come into contact with the virus. It is possible the virus that the vaccine protects you against will change year to year, but even if it doesn’t, it is imperative that you are fully protected.
Other tips and tricks to avoid the flu:
If you feel under the weather, or start to experience flu-like symptoms, see a doctor or limit your interaction with others for at least 24 hours (the period during which you are most contagious).
If you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor.