It may not feel like it – but winter is officially here. The holidays, with their array of family get-togethers, festive parties, power shopping, and travel plans put you in contact with lots of people – not all of whom are healthy.
The spread of the flu this time of year is common, and no one wants to be under the weather for the festivities of the season. Additionally, no one wants to spread the flu or risk of its complications to those we care about. By getting vaccinated you are not only protecting yourself, you are helping others avoid the flu, especially those that are most vulnerable like small children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and those aged 65 and older. These people are most at risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia, or a worsening of existing health conditions.
Many people don’t realize it, but even if you’ve had the flu this season, you can still benefit from vaccination because it protects against three or four different viruses, according to the CDC. Remember, in the spirit of the holidays, not only is getting vaccinated beneficial for you, it is helpful for those you care about as well!
Talk to your doctor about your personal situation and needs, including the pros and cons of vaccination.
Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/adults/downloads/fs-three-reasons.pdf