Is your flu shot overdue? Wait did you ever go for it in the first place? statistically only two in five people report getting the vaccine annually.
Many people may ignore the importance of the shot but this is what you need to know before you make that final judgement.You’ll cut your flu risk roughly in ha,hospital epidemiologist at University of Michigan Medical Center. But the vaccine used during the 2015-2016 flu season slashed the risk of getting it by roughly 50%, according to one study. And “studies in healthy young adults show that flu vaccination decreases risk of influenza-like illness by 40% to 60% when the flu vaccine is well-matched to circulating viruses,” Dr. Washer explains.
- You’ll cut your flu risk roughly in half
the vaccine used during the 2015-2016 flu season slashed the risk of getting it by roughly 50%, according to one study. And studies in healthy young adults show that flu vaccination decreases risk of influenza-like illness by 40% to 60% when the flu vaccine is well-matched to circulating viruses.
2.You won’t develop more serious flu-related issues
The real danger, is that the flu could lead to a much more alarming illness. “This includes pneumonia, or a serious complication of [an existing] chronic medical condition,” says Lisa Kearns, MD, MS, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. R
3. Friends and family members will thank you
The vaccine isn’t just about keeping you healthy. It also protects the people you know and love—as well as coworkers, neighbors, and strangers you might casually interact with.
4. Your won’t put your life in danger
Lots of people still think of influenza as extremely unpleasant but relatively harmless. However, the CDC estimates between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations occur as the result of the virus on an annual basis. “In addition, from 12,000 to 56,000 deathsare associated with flu every year,” says Dr. Washer.
5. You’ll save money
While your health is the most important factor, getting sick hits you in the pocketbook too.
6. You’ll be protected for months
“You want to be sure to get the flu shot before influenza begins circulating in your community, so October is a good time to get your flu shot,” says Dr. Washer.
7.It’s available almost everywhere
Your doctor’s office, the local urgent care clinic, your company or campus health center, the pharmacy down the block—the flu vaccine is so widely available right now, it’s almost impossible to claim that you don’t have the time to drop into one of these venues and get inoculated. Not only is it easy to find, but getting the flu shot takes minutes, and you might even be able to score it for free.