To Flu Shot or Not To Flu Shot?

Doctors and friends have recommended that you get this shot for months now, but you are still hesitating. Is it worth it? Is it effective? Will it just make you sick?

The flu, or influenza, is very common in the winter months. It is a respiratory virus which generally causes conditions such as a cough, fever, body aches, sore throat, headaches, chills, fatigue, nausea/ vomiting and more unpleasant symptoms. The virus is usually transferred when touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth, but can also be spread through breathing in some cases as well.

The vaccine is easy to get, and is offered at every clinic and doctor’s office. Getting the shot can protect both you and the people around you from a real threat. True, the flu is normally harmless, but complications of this disease cause around 25,000 deaths every year. Most of these complications occur in people over 65, so if you spend a lot of time with an older relative or client you should consider getting the vaccine for his or her safety, and not just your own. You will also benefit from the shot, though. It will make your season more pleasant, lower your amount of sick days, and just keep you healthier.

Health care services recommend that everyone over 6 months of age get the vaccine. Pregnant women, people with young babies and people with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to getting or spreading the flu, which can be dangerous. If you are still unsure, consult with your doctor regarding your personal situation.