Millions of people get the flu every year and experience symptoms such as coughing, fever, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, runny or stuffed-up nose, fatigue, vomiting, and/or diarrhea; hundreds of thousands more are are hospitalized; and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Flu shots are your best protection against the flu. They are not 100% effective, but they can lessen the severity of the illness if acquired and reduce the risk of serious complications that may require hospitalization.
Why Do I Need a Flu Shot Every Year?
Our immune protection from vaccinations decline over time, an annual vaccine provides optimal protection. Flu vaccines are also updated seasonally to combat the constantly changing viruses.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
Everyone 6 months of age or older should be vaccinated against the flu and vaccination is especially important for high-risk individuals, including pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after pregnancy, adults over 65, children between 6 months and 5 years of age, and anyone with chronic medical conditions. It is also extremely important for people who work in public settings, who live in close quarters with others (college, military, etc), and who are in regular contact with at-risk individuals be vaccinated. Getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect you, it can also protect people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illnesses.
Flu & COVID-19
Getting a flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but it will provide many important benefits. By getting a flu vaccine you could reduce the possibility of experiencing symptoms that might be confused with those caused by COVID-19. Also, by reducing the severity of flu illnesses and hospitalizations, healthcare resources can be saved for the care of patients with COVID-19.
Schedule Your Flu Shot at Russell Medical
Despite the many benefits a yearly flu shot offers, only about half of Americans get the vaccine. Millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths could be prevented if more people protected themselves and others by receiving a yearly vaccination. Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently, but getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever. For more information about flu shots or to schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot, call us at 770–771–5050.