According to the CDC, only approximately two of every five children and adults in the United States had received an influenza vaccine by early November 2017. While it may seem unnecessary to get your flu shot, you are actually putting yourself and others at risk for getting the flu.
Here are a few reasons why you should go and get your flu shot this year:
- Every year you need to get a flu shot. An annual flu shot provides you continuous protection since flu viruses are always changing. Each year the flu strains that are covered in the flu vaccine are reviewed, as each year can be different.
- The flu vaccine is covered by many health plans.
- The flu vaccine is the most effective way of preventing illness caused by the seasonal influenza viruses. The risk of developing flu symptoms drops by 40 – 60 percent just by getting your flu shot. Although effectiveness can vary year to year.
- Getting the flu is more serious than you may think. In 2016 – 2017 there were an estimated 600,000 hospitalizations for influenza. The flu can also be deadly, especially to people in the high risk category. Those include:
- Children and infants
- People over the age of 65
- Pregnant women
- People with weakened immune systems, i.e. people with asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, etc.