The flu season is upon us and thus, many of us are already preparing for it. Getting flu shots is a yearly habit for many people to avoid contracting this dreaded health problem. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the influenza activity in the last flu season 2016-2017 saw a still alarming number of cases and contamination with the first quarter of 2017 peaking with the number of infections. This year, the threat rages on and if you want to stay healthy and avoid this serious health problem, it is time to take your flu shot.
Here are the top reasons why you need to get your flu vaccine this year:
Last Year’s Shot Has Already Expired
You may have had your vaccine last year, but its effect may have already worn out. Typically, flu vaccine takes effect until after a year and you need to get your next round of shot to have yourself protected. This is the reason why a flu shot must be taken annually, at least a month prior to the start of the flu season as the shot only takes effect after 2 weeks.
You Can Get It Everywhere
You don’t have to worry about where to get a flu shot as you can find it everywhere. Most major drugstores are also offering a vaccine without setting up an appointment. Hence, it does not only mean going to the clinic or seeing your doctor to get your shot. And since flu is a national, if not already a global, concern, you can easily find a place to get your vaccine near you.
It is Very Affordable
You don’t need to break the bank or spend a lot of money just to get vaccinated. Most health insurance policies cover flu shots. Hence, you might just get it for free. There are even some groups and organizations giving away free vaccines to target communities. However, even if you don’t have an insurance plan or have no access to the free vaccine, you only need to spend $20 for it. Indeed, it’s actually cheap for a longer protection.
You’ll Save Sick Days
Flu takes its toll on the body in the form of a headache, fever, sore throat, cough, and body pains among other symptoms. And most people can’t help taking bed rest when they have it, as one cannot function properly. This is the reason why calling in sick for work is very common during the flu season.
You’ll Save Money on Medicines
Being sick means spending money on medicines; however, with flu’s varying symptoms, you may need different medications for each, to ease the pain. This is aside from the actual medicine against the flu. By being protected and preventing yourself from contracting the virus, you save lots of money in the long run.
If you are yet to get your influenza vaccine, get it today as there may be limited shots available in your area.
Article Submitted By Community Writer