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Flu Shot Still Worth It? Absolutely


  06:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Flu Shot Still Worth It? Absolutely

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The current flu season has been one of the worst in recent memory, and this year's flu vaccine has offered less help than usual. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the vaccine is only about 25% effective against H3N2, the influenza strain behind more cases. Such a low success rate invariably raises the question: Is getting a flu shot really worth it?

Absolutely, says both the CDC and numerous family physicians. Because while the flu vaccine has been ineffective against H3H2, it has worked against other types of flu. People who do get the vaccine cut their risk of getting the flu by one-third -- certainly nothing to, uh, sneeze at.

Since the flu season doesn't look to be winding down anytime soon, the agency recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu shot. If you haven't already got one, chances are your family doctor can assist you. And if you're overdue for your annual wellness exam, it's a perfect excuse to take care of that as well!

If you do develop a fever, headache, cough, or other flu-like symptoms, don't just wait it out with the expectation it will go away... instead, fight back. Your best defense is to see your doctor, who can prescribe an antiviral medication to help ease the effects of the virus.

Finally, should you get the flu, as much as your coworkers will no doubt admire your dedication by coming into work, you're better off staying home. In addition to recovering faster, staying home will ensure your very contagious symptoms do not spread.

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