Getting your flu shot may not seem very high on your priority list. After all, aren’t your chances of getting the flu pretty low? Many cases of influenza are relatively uncomplicated, but it’s not always true that your odds of catching it are low. That’s why getting vaccinated against influenza is an important part of preventive medicine.
Now that Covid-19 is also a concern, it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated against influenza, too. Some people think that we may be at greater risk of catching the flu now that we’ve spent so much time limiting our exposure to other people and wearing masks.
Technically, it is possible to get an annual flu shot too early. If you get the vaccine long before the flu starts circulating in your community, it may not provide enough protection all through the flu season.
But that only refers to getting your annual flu shot in August or maybe early September. By the time October and November roll around, you’re at the right point to get vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated against influenza is important for many reasons.
For one thing, you can reduce the spread of the flu to more vulnerable members of your community. Even if you could fairly easily fight off a flu infection, your family member or neighbor who has a compromised immune system might not.
Other benefits of the flu vaccine include a:
In addition, the CDC says that even if you do contract the flu despite getting vaccinated, your case is likely to be much milder and less likely to require hospitalization.
A lot of people have begun to question the importance of getting vaccines recently. But vaccination against the flu is very safe. Here are some of the facts about flu vaccines:
Getting a flu shot is simply the best way to protect yourself in most cases. If you’re not a good candidate for the flu shot, Dr. Allen can tell you.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, there’s no better time than right now. Contact Dr. Evan Allen at Allen Wellness & Medical Center or request an appointment online.