6 Reasons You Should Get the Flu Shot

During the fall season we will start to see more cases of the flu. Each year a new vaccine is developed to help protect yourself, and others, from getting sick with the flu. The best defense against the flu is an annual flu shot. Below are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to get your flu shot this season.

1. Fewer sick days
Time is money, so don’t let the flu keep you home. The flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor visits each year. Also, it can lessen the severity if you do catch it.

2. Saves you money
Going to the doctor  or emergency room can cost you hundreds or even thousands. Avoid a flu-related hospital or doctor visit. Most insurances will cover the cost of a flu shot. If they don’t, the cost of a flu shot is significantly cheaper than a hospital visit.

3. Protect those around you
Protect others who are most vulnerable to the flu, such as those with weakened immune systems, young children, and babies. Even if you are not showing symptoms, the virus may still be present. Prevent the virus altogether.

4. It’s a preventative tool
The flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events or the worsening of flu-related chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

5. Pregnancy Protection
If a pregnant woman gets the flu, it can cause pregnancy complications or congenital disabilities. A flu shot can protect the mother from illnesses and hospitalizations. It can also protect the baby for several months after birth before the baby can be vaccinated.

6. Influenza can lead to more series health conditions
Sepsis is a dangerous reaction for any type of infection, including influenza. Flu related sepsis causes thousands of deaths annually. Reduce your risk today with a flu shot.