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“Why Do I Need a Flu Shot?”

10/07/18

  09:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Immunizations, Influenza

“Why Do I Need a Flu Shot?”

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In 2017, over 80,000 died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S., and 900,000 were hospitalized. Yet less than half of Americans get flu shots every year... some because they don't think they need it, others who say the vaccine doesn't work (or just fear "the needle").

But as Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently noted, "Flu vaccinations save lives. That's why it's so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year."

NPR.com shares five reasons why the naysayers should reconsider their opinion about flu shots:

  1. You are vulnerable. Young or old, you're at risk. And it isn't limited to fever and headaches, either... getting the flu may even raise your risk of having a heart attack.
  2. Getting a flu shot is your civic duty. It's bad enough getting the flu yourself. The last thing you want to do is spread it to family, friends and co-workers.
  3. You can still get the flu, but you won't be as sick. Yes, getting a flu shot isn't a 100% guarantee against getting the flu anyway. But it does reduce your risk by 40-60% and offers protection against pneumonia and other serious flu complications.
  4. Pregnant women who get the flu shot protect their babies from flu. The shot offers protection for mother and baby during pregnancy as well as after birth.
  5. You cannot get flu from the flu vaccine. That's a myth, plain and simple. You may have a sore arm and swelling after the shot, but most people come away unscathed.

If your company provides free in-house flu shots, make sure your employees are aware of the benefits. Otherwise, family doctors often offer the vaccine as part of an annual wellness exam or office visit... so encourage plan members to take advantage of it!

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