4 Reasons to Get Your Annual Flu Shot Today
While no one wants to get sick with the flu, there are a number of people who avoid getting the flu shot each year due to some common misconceptions about the vaccine. The fact is that the flu vaccine is the best way to fight the flu in any community and it is most effective when everyone has the immunization. The flu shot does not actually contain the flu virus, but it does help individuals build up antibodies to three or four different types of influenza. If you are hesitant to get your flu shot, here is a look at some of the reasons you should not wait on vaccination.
The Flu Shot Can Keep You from Getting Sick
Quite simply, the flu prevents you from becoming ill during the flu season that typically lasts from November to March. Because there are different strains of the virus that spread each year, you will want to get a flu shot annually so that you remain protected.
Flu Shots Reduce the Spread of the Virus
If you never get sick with the flu, you might think that the flu shot is not a necessity for you. However, you might still contribute to the spread of the flu even if you do not actually have symptoms of the virus. When more members of the community are vaccinated, the flu is not able to spread as effectively through the population. This is important for high-risk individuals such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.
There Are Minimal Flu Shot Side Effects
Some people think that the flu shot gives you flu symptoms, but it actually only has a minor list of side effects that typically subside in 24 hours. You may feel some fatigue, soreness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever. If you have the nasal spray vaccine, there are a few additional side effects that may occur.
Flu Shots Are Free under Most Insurance
Nearly all health insurance plans make flu shots free for any patient, so you will not have an excuse to avoid getting yours this year.
If you are in need of your flu shot or you have questions about this year’s flu vaccine, call MountainView Hospital on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.