A Dose of Reality: 7 Flu Shot Facts That Will Send You to the Clinic by Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP
We’re getting to the heart of flu season, and after a slow start, this nasty bug is gaining steam across the U.S. If you’re still deciding whether to get a flu shot for you or your family, consider these facts:
- Everyone older than 6 months needs a flu shot, period.
- The shot takes two weeks to become effective, so get it now if you haven’t already. It’s not too late. Flu season runs through April, so buckle up.
- A sore arm is nothing compared the full-blown flu, so stop complaining about side effects.
- Even with a flu shot, you may still get sick, just not as sick.
- The shot doesn’t protect you from every strain, just the most dangerous.
- Your flu shot will help prevent the spread of the flu, which is important for babies and elderly folks with weaker immune systems.
- It’s impossible to get the flu from a flu shot, so stop spreading that bad rumor.
A flu outbreak in your family will surely ruin the holidays, so get your shot today!