The bottom line: getting the flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu!
Although flu activity usually peaks in January or February, flu season can begin as early as October. Are you considering skipping the flu shot this year? Don't! Here are some of the top reasons you should not skip your seasonal flu vaccine.
It really is your best protection.
Influenza is a serious disease and can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your chance of getting the seasonal flu and the chance of spreading it to others.
There is now a painless FluMist option!
Don't like shots? There is an alternative! The new nasal spray — FluMist — is a safe alternative to the traditional flu vaccine, and is approved for all healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49, except for pregnant women.
According to Flu.gov, the seasonal flu vaccines have a good safety track record. The most common side-effects are redness, soreness and swelling at the site of the flu shot. Other side-effects are possible, but the CDC and the FDA closely monitor the safety of the flu vaccines.
It protects against 3 different viruses.
Flu vaccines are created to protect against three different flu viruses that are predicted to be the most common during the upcoming flu season.
It can't give you the flu.
Flu shots only contain inactivated (killed) flu viruses, so they cannot cause illness.
Want to learn more about the flu shot and how to protect yourself and your family this flu season? Visit Flu.gov today! If you have basic health questions or need a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-888-741-5120.