Flu season always seems to come back around way too soon, making it easy to put off getting a flu shot or to avoid it altogether. However, the flu can be more dangerous than you may think. Here are 5 reasons to get your flu shot this season!
It can save your life
Even if you didn’t get the flu last year, it does not mean you won’t this flu season. The flu changes every year, and therefore so does the flu vaccine. Scientists research the different strains of the flu virus months before flu season each year.
It can save the lives of those around you
Not only can the flu shot help keep you healthy, but it can also keep your family, friends, co-workers, and others around you healthy as well. Because children, pregnant women, seniors and other individuals with a weakened immune system are at a higher risk of getting the flu during flu season, it is even more crucial for you to receive a flu shot if you spend time around them.
The flu is more serious than you may think
While the flu is a common form of sickness, that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. The flu can cause serious complications such as dehydration, worsening of chronic illnesses, bacterial pneumonia, and ear or sinus infections, that in some cases can even require hospitalization. Thousands of people are hospitalized because of the flu every year.
It can save you money
Avoiding the flu can save you money in more ways than one. Between a copay to see your doctor and over the counter medicine, the price of having the flu can really add up. Having the flu can also cost you sick days from work. Getting a flu shot can protect both your health and your bank account.
It can protect you for several months
Although flu season is known to start in October and last through the winter months, it’s possible to get the flu any time of the year. Receiving your flu shot early can help keep you protected for months to come.
Get your flu shot with First Care
If you haven’t already received your flu shot this year, it’s not too late! Make an appointment today to get a flu shot at the closest location to you.