The Importance of Your Yearly Flu Vaccine

If you’re like most people, this is the time of year when you begin to gear up for a busy fall and winter season. Holidays, shopping, and plenty of cooking are sure to keep you busy. It’s essential, however, that you don’t let the hustle and bustle get in the way of you receiving your flu shot! Understanding the importance of receiving the vaccine each year will hopefully help you to remember it when it counts. 
Protecting Vulnerable Groups
Certain groups of people in society are at a higher risk to develop the flu. These same groups typically experience more severe symptoms if they do get the flu and what’s a simple virus for you, could prove to be deadly to them. These groups include: 

  • Pregnant women
  • Infants under 6 months of age
  • Elderly people
  • Immunocompromised people 

For those high-risk groups to remain healthy during flu season, they depend on those around them to get vaccinated. Some of your closest friends and family members may even be in one of those groups. Getting yourself vaccinated means protecting everyone in your community, including those in your own home! 
Protecting Yourself
Getting your flu vaccine is also important because it helps you to defend yourself against the virus. The flu can lead to many unpleasant symptoms that can lead to days of missed work or school, and even a trip to the hospital depending on the severity of your symptoms. If you can get a quick and virtually painless vaccination that ensures you’ll stay healthy all season long, why not?!
Avoiding an Outbreak
Each year this country sees an alarmingly high number of flu cases that create an outbreak of sorts. Hospitals fill, schools are missing kids, jobs are missing employees, and it seems no one is safe. A flu outbreak can only be prevented if the majority of the people in an area receive their vaccination. If the healthy members of the community are vaccinated, then when one member contracts the flu, it won’t have anywhere to spread. 
Getting your yearly flu vaccine is a quick and easy process that’s paid for in full by most insurance providers. If you don’t have insurance, there are local resources available to provide free flu shots. Visit your family doctor, urgent care, or walk-in clinic today. It doesn’t matter where you go to get the shot, as long as you’re getting it somewhere!