• Why Should I Get the Flu Shot?

    on Oct 26th, 2014

October is recognized as the start of cold and flu season. While there are many different ways to strengthen your immune system in preparation on oncoming sickness, one of the best ways to avoid getting the flu is to receive a flu vaccine. If you have any hesitations about receiving the vaccine, here are several reasons why you should get the flu shot.

 

Why Should I Get the Flu Shot?

You're a Good Candidate - Nearly everyone is a good candidate for the flu vaccine. Everyone can get sick from the flu, and while the elderly and the very young are the ones most likely to suffer from complications of the flu, anyone could potentially be at risk. The only ones who may not be good candidates for the flu vaccine are those who are younger than 6 months or who may be allergic to certain ingredients in the vaccine. Note that there are different specifications for the nasal spray vaccine.

Everyone Gets Sick - While some people seem to rarely get sick, the truth is that everyone gets sick at some point. Even if you don't feel too sick, you could still be carrying a virus. Getting the flu shot will help prevent you from getting sick and can help you avoid passing on sickness to others who may not be able to fight it off as well as you do. 

It's Not Too Late - Although cold and flu season is thought of as starting in October, it tends to peak in January and February and often hangs on until May. You can get sick any time during those months, so any time during that period is a good time to get vaccinated.

It Won't Make You Sick - Getting a flu shot won't give you the flu. The components of the shot only contain inactivated, noninfectious viruses or they contain no viruses at all. You can get certain mild side effects, such as aches, soreness, runny nose, and potentially a low-grade fever, but side effects are a far cry from the misery of the flu itself.

It's Different This Year - If you got vaccinated last year, you may wonder why you need to receive a vaccination this year. The reason is that flu viruses are always changing and adapting. The various strains covered by the flu vaccine last year may be entirely different than the ones circulating this year. Since last year's shot may not be effective anymore, it's important to get a new shot to protect you from the current viruses.

Antibiotics Won't Work - While it may seem like a good idea to just use antibiotics to fight off the flu, the truth is that antibiotics won't work at all. Influenza is caused by a virus, not a bacteria. Antibiotics will only fight off bacterial infections and cannot prevent or treat the flu. However, if you have the flu and only seem to be getting worse, call your doctor right away. It's possible bacteria invaded your body while it was weak from the flu, and you may have gained a secondary bacterial infection. In this case, antibiotics can help.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog post and any related links is not considered medical advice and is not to be used in the place of a doctor's visit. Always consult your physician with any questions or concerns and before starting any new products or procedures. This post may contain affiliate links.

Never ignore professional medical advice from your doctor, or delay seeking or employing it, because of the information contained in this blog post and related links. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

 

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