Now is the time to get your flu shot
October 17, 2022
With flu season just around the corner, now is the time to get your annual flu shot to ensure you’re protected and healthy for the months ahead. Each year, from December through February is peak flu season time, which puts October as the ideal time to get the annual shot.
There are many important reasons to consider getting a flu vaccine this year. First, in 2019 only about 45% of the US population received a vaccine, leaving more than half of the population unprotected. According to the CDC, this led to somewhere between 24,000 and 62,000 flu-related deaths. Since the viruses that cause the flu and COVID-19 are different, it may be possible to contract both simultaneously, which could be catastrophic, especially for those already at an increased risk. This means getting a flu shot is essential to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
In addition, getting your flu shot can be beneficial to your community and the country as a whole. Being vaccinated against the flu will help reduce your chance of contracting influenza, limiting its spread and protecting those around you. If you do happen to get the flu even after getting the vaccine, generally, your symptoms will be much milder. Fewer and less severe infections are especially critical at this time to help reduce the strain on our medical systems.
Flu shot considerations
As you think about getting your flu shot this year, here are a few more things to consider:
- The CDC recommends everyone older than six months old receive a flu shot, with only a few rare exceptions.
- Most health insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of the vaccine. Check with your health insurance carrier for details.
- The vaccine is readily available at most doctor’s offices and walk-in clinics. Contact your healthcare provider for more information.
- You cannot get the flu from the shot. Some people experience mild symptoms after receiving the vaccine, but they typically last only a day or two.
Getting a flu shot this fall can significantly impact your health and that of your friends, family and the entire community.
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Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional before beginning or ending medical treatment or if you have questions regarding a medical condition.