Five Reasons Why You Should Still Get a Flu Shot in Early 2017
You may think that January is too late to get the flu shot, but that simply isn’t true! The flu season peaks between the months of December and February, which means you might still be at risk -- and there is still ample time to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Pacific Family Practice offers the flu vaccine to everyone 6 months old and up, but it is especially wise for children and the elderly to get one.
If you have yet to receive a flu shot and are on the fence as to why it is important, we invite you to review our list of five reasons why you should still get the vaccine in early 2017.
- The flu is more common now than it was in the fall. As noted earlier, we are currently in peak flu season. This means that more people around you are likely to have or be susceptible to the flu, which puts you are a higher risk for transmission if left unvaccinated.
- The flu is far more severe than a common cold. A cold may take you away from work or school for a day or two, but the flu is an entirely different level of illness. Some who have the flu are required to stay home from work or school for a longer period of time so they do not put others at risk or worsen their own symptoms. Even with proper medication and rest, the flu can still take several days to more than a week to run its course.
- The flu vaccine is typically no or low cost. Most insurance companies will cover most or all of the cost of the flu vaccine. Similarly, many employers or colleges will cover the cost or offer flu vaccines to employees and students free of charge.
- There are few restrictions on who can get the flu shot. For most individuals, the flu shot is a perfectly safe and effective way to avoid the flu. The flu shot is even recommended for pregnant women. Only individuals with an egg allergy or infants younger than 6 months old should not get the vaccine.
- You don’t need an appointment to get the flu shot. Pacific Family Practice offers the flu shot without an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome during all office hours, which are extended until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The reality of flu season is that it is possible to avoid getting the flu, but only if you take adequate measures to protect yourself. Staying healthy during a time of the year in which many fall ill means getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with those who are sick whenever possible and taking care of yourself in basic ways like staying hydrated, having a balanced diet and getting enough sleep.