If given the choice between having a quick prick in the arm and battling severe flu symptoms for a week or more, which would you choose? While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s estimated that less than 50% of Americans 6 months or older will opt for the flu shot. Perhaps this due to common myths about the vaccine—that it can give you the flu or that the vaccine will weaken your immune system.
Unfortunately, it seems that these common misconceptions about the flu vaccine are better known than these very real facts about the flu.
For instance, did you know that up to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu any given year? Or that more than 200,000 people will be hospitalized as a result of flu-related complications?
The response that most experts have to these scary statistics is to recommend getting a flu shot, but does it really reduce your risk? Absolutely! In fact, it has been found to reduce your risk of flu illness by 40 – 60%.
For those still not convinced that getting a flu shot is right for you, this article is for you. Here are 6 reasons, you haven’t already heard, that will prove once and for all that getting vaccinated is something everyone should do.
1. You may be a carrier. Just because you don’t have flu-like symptoms, doesn’t mean that you aren’t spreading the virus. It is estimated that up to 30% of people who carry the virus never actually experience any symptoms. So, don’t be one of those people—be someone who helps to prevent it instead of spreading it.
2. You use your cellphone. Of course, you aren’t alone in this. Nearly all of us are guilty of using our cellphones on a daily basis. And unfortunately, these handy devices are filled with germs—lots and lots of germs. In fact, no amount of hand sanitizer or hand washing can fully protect you from the gunk on them.
3. You’ll want to enjoy your days off. You might feel invincible now, but when you have a fever and you’re coughing, sneezing and aching, you’ll probably be longing for the comfort and warmth of your bed. Even while at home, trying to get work done is no easy feat. Instead of wasting up to a week’s worth of time off, why not enjoy that time doing something fun?
4. You may avoid a heart attack. If you’re at risk for a heart disease or stroke, getting a flu shot may be more important than you realize. This is because the flu actually causes widespread inflammation throughout your body, which can cause plaque to dislodge and form a blood clot. While there are many causes of heart attacks and stroke, blood clots are at the top of the list.
5. You may get baby cuddles. Even if you don’t have a little one yourself, between family, friends and neighbors, you’ll likely be around a small squirt during the winter months. The flu is not only more common in children under the age of 5, it is also more dangerous. On top of that, babies under 6 months can’t get a flu shot, so they’re depending on you to get yours.
6. It’s super easy to get one. With easily-accessible locations, convenient hours and affordable flu-shot deals, there’s no good excuse not to get a flu shot. At ChoiceOne Urgent Care, flu shots will be available to you and your family for only $25 each throughout the entire flu season. You can depend on the experts at ChoiceOne Urgent Care to support you all flu season long with flu prevention, diagnosis and care.