Cold and flu season has arrived. It’s time to get your flu shot before the flu gets you.
The flu is a lot more dangerous than a cold, even though they have a lot of the same symptoms. They both cause coughing, sneezing, body ache, and tiredness, but the flu makes you feel worse and you are sicker for longer. Everyone should ask their doctor about a flu shot every year. You can’t vaccinate against colds, but you can vaccinate against the flu. Over the last year 80,000 people died from the flu. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family. The flu spreads easily and can be deadly, which is why it’s so important to get a flu shot.
Some people can’t get a flu shot, like newborns and those who have serious illnesses or may be allergic to the vaccine. By getting your shot, you make it harder for the disease to spread to others, too.
If you’re not sure where to get a flu shot, call your doctor or local pharmacy. Side effects are usually mild. You may get some redness or swelling where you got the shot. Remember, the flu shot can not give you the flu. The virus that causes the flu can change so the vaccine can’t always keep you from getting sick, but it can help symptoms from being as serious if you do get sick. Make sure to wash your hands, get enough rest, and if you start to feel sick, go see a doctor.