Why Getting Your Flu Shot Is So Important

Up to 20% of Americans get the flu each year, and for some people, the common viral infection becomes life-threatening. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk for acquiring the flu and for developing any complications.

To learn more or schedule your flu immunization, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers that top line of defense against influenza, contact Best Care Clinic today. Denise Tittle, DO, and her team would love to assist you and your family in staying healthy.

Avoiding flu symptoms

Once you’ve been exposed to the influenza virus, symptoms can come on quickly and intensely. Getting your flu shot can lower your risk for all of these symptoms, which may include:

Young children, older adults, and people with a compromised immune system tend to experience these symptoms the worst. If these symptoms are left untreated or become severe, they can lead to complications such as dehydration, sepsis, and pneumonia.

Preventing absence from work or school due to the flu

It’s essential to stay home and rest when you have the flu, both for efficient healing and to keep from spreading the infection to others. While some people experience the effects of the flu for just a few days, many people stay sick for up to two weeks. A flu vaccine can help prevent you from getting the flu in the first place, negating the need to take time off work, school, and other usual activities. If you end up getting the flu anyway, the vaccine can help ensure milder symptoms and swifter healing. 

Saving lives with the flu shot

Each year, people die as a result of the flu. Kids and senior citizens, in particular, could face life-threatening symptoms. In recent years, the flu has been particularly deadly and landed many people in the emergency room. Even if you have a hearty immune system, getting a flu shot can help prevent the spreading of the illness to someone who does not. For the safety and wellness of you and others, schedule your flu vaccine annually. 

Flu season peaks from March to October, but it’s better to get vaccinated sooner. That said, it’s never too late to protect yourself and your family from the virus. 

Learn more about the flu shot and ways to manage or prevent influenza by calling or emailing Best Care Clinic. 

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