Whether you like it or not, it’s that time of the year when you must take the pesky flu shot. Autumn has come, days grow shorter, and leaves and starting to fall from the trees. In all regards, one can say that this is quite a beautiful season, minus influenza.
As the flu season sets in, more and more medical specialists are ramping up to state why is it so important to take the flu shot. Influenza might not be so lethal as it was two centuries ago, but every year approximately 49,000 people from all the United States die because of complications.
The most common symptoms of influenza are a constant cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat, general fatigue, and headaches that, in most cases, can transform into a fever.
Why is this flu shot important during this particular season? Obviously, the first reason is that it boosts your immunity, and, thus decreasing your chances of getting the flu.
In addition, there are many social categories which are more susceptible to contracting the influenza virus. Thus, patients who have diabetes, asthma, or chronic lung disease, as well as children, pregnant women and senior citizens must get the flu shot as soon as possible.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared that everyone who is over six months old should go ahead and take the flu shot. In addition, you should also bear in mind that it takes approximately two weeks for the vaccine to work its magic, meaning that even though you’ve been inoculated, there’s still a chance of getting the flu.
The best solution is to get the vaccine at the beginning of the season and to keep away as much as possible from people who display influenza-like symptoms.
Another great piece of advice offered by the CDC is to avoid ERs if we’re set on taking the flu shot. If the waiting time doesn’t kill your mood, the bill will most certainly do that.
The fastest and cheapest way to get inoculated against the seasonal flu is to head over to your local wellness clinic. In addition, there are many retail pharmacies which sell the flu vaccine.
Also, if your medical expenses are covered by your employer, you might have the surprise of getting inoculated for free, since many employers open on-site vaccination center during the flu season.
So, remember – keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, get the flu shot, avoid contact with people that have the flu, and most important: if you have the flu, it will be a good idea to stay home. We know that sharing is caring, but not in this case.
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