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5 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot

There are many reasons why getting a flu shot is a smart idea. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot.

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1. ‘Tis the season.

Flu season starts early October and lasts until May. The flu vaccine doesn’t take effect for two weeks after administered. You should get your flu shot as early as possible.

Getting your flu vaccine as soon as possible is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu or transmitting the flu to those around you.

2. You can spread the flu without getting sick.

That’s right. Even if you have no symptoms you could be carrying the virus. This is especially true for young and healthy adults. Those around you might not be so lucky. Getting the flu shot isn’t just about protecting your own health and saving your sick days, you get the flu shot to help protect the people around you.

3. To save your sick days.

Wouldn’t you rather use your sick days to spend chillin’ poolside this summer? If you get the flu, you must stay home. Once you know you are sick with influenza, stay away from coworkers, friends and family.

4. Because the thought of cleaning your smartphone hasn’t crossed your mind in ages.

Are you reading this on your smartphone? Flu viruses like to cling to hard plastic surfaces. Like your phone. Our phones spend time on our desks at work, on coffee shop tables, in the hands of our kids and on our nightstands by where we sleep. Avoid the stress. Getting the flu shot is much less work than constantly cleaning your phone.

5. The misinformation isn’t true.

Many of the reasons people use to skip the flu shot are simply not true. If you have an excuse you’ve been using to not get the flu vaccine, do some research on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.

Think it’s a scam? The flu shot is recommended by public health experts, not big pharmaceutical corporations. Since health insurance makes flu shots free at most places, it’s not a real money maker.

Think it makes you sick? It takes two weeks for the flu shot to take effect. If you get sick immediately after being vaccinated for the flu, it’s unrelated. There are complications related to the flu shot, but they are very rare. You are much more likely to get sick and suffer complications from the actual flu.