3 Reasons Why You Still Need the Flu Shot
1. The flu season is not over – not even close.
Even though promotions for the flu vaccine tend to begin around October, flu season is actually much longer than you’d think. It can seem like flu season only lasts until the end of the calendar year, but it actually lasts from mid-fall all the way through spring, sometimes running as late as May.
It is safe to say, at the end of January, that flu season is still a health matter that should be carefully considered, and not just for the very young, old, or ill. The flu shot is recommended for men and women of all ages, including women who are pregnant. Additionally, the myth that the flu vaccine will give you the flu is entirely untrue.
2. The flu and the common cold are not the same illness.
There are important differences between influenza (flu) and the common cold. Although both illnesses can spread easily from person to person or surface contact, the intensity of the flu is what makes the difference between toughing it out at work or school with a cold and needing to take time off for anywhere between a couple of days to a week to recover.
The flu introduces new symptoms to an already unpleasant experience, including fever, headaches, chills, and muscle aches. The likelihood of needing to visit with your provider increases when you have the flu versus a cold.
3. Getting the flu shot is a very easy, simple thing to do.
Patients who wish to receive a flu shot at Pacific Family Practice (PFP) do not need to make an appointment, though you can if you wish to do so (Contact PFP).
Drop-ins for the flu vaccine are encouraged at PFP, including during our urgent care hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday). This is arranged in order to make getting a flu shot as easy and convenient as possible.
Flu vaccine facts:
- The flu shot is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.
- The flu shot is an annual vaccine.
- You can get the flu shot if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- People who have allergies to eggs or flu shot vaccine ingredients should not receive the vaccine. Please discuss your allergies with your PFP provide prior to receiving the flu vaccine.
- If you are feeling ill, you should not receive the flu vaccine.