This question may run through your mind every year as summer ends and the leaves start changing. But this year more than ever, go get your flu shot! It’s the number one way to avoid getting the seasonal flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can help yourself and your family stay healthy and happy into the holidays, and avoid spreading the flu to others.
Flu shots are especially important in certain populations
Certain people should always get vaccinated against the flu because their health is at higher risk from the flu. This includes children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. When pregnant women get their flu shot, it can even help boost their newborn’s resistance to the flu after birth.
Help others stay safe
If you’re carrying influenza germs, you can spread these to others—in your household and in the community. By getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can limit the spread of the flu and help others around you stay safe and healthy this season.
Got your flu shot but still came down with the flu?
That’s probably not what you expected, but getting your flu shot can help lessen the intensity of your symptoms if you come down with the flu anyway. This might not sound like a huge consolation, but if you can save yourself from feeling really awful, it’s worth it!
Where can I get a flu shot?
Most pharmacies offer flu shots without an appointment. Simply walk in, get your shot, and go on with your day. CVS Pharmacies and Minute Clinics are another great option for your flu shot. If there’s one nearby, stop in sometime soon to help yourself and your family prepare for the upcoming flu season. You can also check with your employer to see if they offer flu shots at work.
If you’re an employer interested in hosting a CVS flu shot clinic at your worksite, please contact your Meritain Health representative to learn more!
Some cold and flu symptoms are very similar, but the flu is often more severe. Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, headache, muscle or body aches and fatigue. To learn more about the flu and the flu shot, just visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.