We’ve all been told to get our flu shots and for good reason: over the past few years, the influenza vaccine has prevented millions of flu cases and tens of thousands of related hospitalizations. Even so, around half of the country still isn’t getting vaccinated. This is a problem because there are many reasons why you should get your flu shot.
The problem with choosing not to get a flu shot is that this affects more than just those who aren’t getting their vaccinations. While the vaccine isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t guarantee 100 percent that you won’t get influenza, it is still your best bet for fighting the flu. If you’re still not convinced, here are the top six reasons why you should get your flu shot.
You Can Spread the Flu Even If You Don’t Get Sick
According to Harvard School of Public Health, 25 percent of people who carry the influenza virus never experience flu-like symptoms. Yet, even if you are not feeling ill or looking sick, it’s still contagious. Even the healthiest, most athletic individuals are at risk of catching the flu due to simple proximity to others. A major reason for this paradoxical logic is that healthy people sometimes have strong enough immune systems to suppress flu symptoms, while still actively carrying the flu. They can then go about their day spreading the virus without even realizing it because they aren’t visibly sick to themselves or others. You can spread the virus while you’re at the gym, doing errands, eating out at a restaurant, school or work and either way you are potentially putting others at risk. The bottom line here is that you simply need to get vaccinated.
It Can Reduce Symptoms’ Severity
Year to year, extensive research is done to ensure that the flu shot is highly effective and is protecting you from several of the most common types that year. If by chance you contract the illness even after being vaccinated, many studies have found that even if you contract the disease, receiving the flu shot can lessen symptoms considerably, making the sickness shorter and more manageable.
Side-Effects Are Mild to Nonexistent
There are a few possible side effects from the vaccine, such as headache, stuffy nose or sore throat. While many people experience no side effects, if you do, they should only last for a day or so. Considering that the flu itself typically lasts for one to two weeks and the symptoms can be severe, the flu shot is a better alternative.
It Is Available Everywhere
It’s easier than ever to find a flu vaccine. You can get it done at your doctor’s office or most major pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. So not only do you not have to see your doctor, you don’t even have to go someplace that you’re not going anyway. Be warned that most vaccines have trace amounts of egg protein in them, so if you’re severely allergic talk to your doctor. If you want to get vaccinated or are feeling like you might have the flu do not hesitate to stop by one of our UrgentMED clinics today.
It Is Cheap
Virtually all public and private health insurance plans cover the flu vaccine. This is especially true now since the Affordable Care Act has made it so many more people get insurance. And most of these insurance policies cover the flu vaccines so, there’s no excuse! If you’re uninsured and have to pay out-of-pocket, it’ll probably only cost you around $30.
It Might Save You From a Heart Attack
It is surprisingly true. Those who are vaccinated are 36 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke within the next year than those who weren’t vaccinated. Influenza can cause inflammation throughout your body. This, in turn, can cause plaque build-up in your arteries which may form dangerous blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Get Your Flu Shot at UrgentMED Today
One of the best ways to stave off a dire health situation is identifying it before it happens. Visit us online to find an UrgentMED location near you. Come visit one of our 18 convenient locations throughout Southern California to ensure you’ll be protected with a flu shot.