Missed that flu shot? You still have time.

The best way to avoid getting sick from influenza viruses is to get vaccinated for the flu every year. Influenza can be miserable for most and may be serious, or even deadly for some. Each year, the flu shot helps protect against the types of flu viruses expected to be most common.

For those that don’t get a flu shot because of concerns about the safety of the vaccine, it’s important to understand that the risks associated with the flu far outweigh any potential risks from the vaccine. Misconceptions about the flu vaccine stop some people from taking the most important step they can in protecting themselves against the flu.

“In 2017-18, 80,000 people in the U.S. died from the flu. 80% of those who died were not vaccinated. 

Adults over 60 and children under 6 are the most likely to develop complications and die from flu-related illness. Not only does vaccination reduce your risk of contracting it, but it also lessens your likeliness of spreading it to others, especially those that are most vulnerable like our children and our parents. Yes, you can still contract the flu if you have been vaccinated, but your symptoms will be far less serious, and I feel the benefits of the vaccination far outweigh the risks.” 

Kristen Robillard, MD

Family Practice & Primary Care Physician , Lakeshore Primary Care Associates

3 reasons to get a flu shot

1The flu vaccine protects you. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. Although the vaccine doesn’t protect against every type of flu virus, your illness is typically milder if you do get sick.

2The flu vaccine protects those around you. If you get the flu, you risk spreading it to others. Getting a flu shot is especially important if you are around people at higher risk of flu complications, such as older adults, babies, young children and those with certain medical conditions.

3The flu vaccine reduces flu-related hospital visits. Flu vaccination is associated with lower hospitalization rates among people with diabetes and chronic lung disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, studies also show reduced cardiac events in people with heart disease, and a significantly lower risk of death from the flu in children.

Fight the Flu

In addition to getting a flu vaccine each year, here are some things you can do to fight the flu:

  • Make healthy choices to boost your immune system.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that may come into contact with germs.

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