Why you Shouldn’t Skip Your Flu Shot This Year

America is still in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, and flu season is just on the horizon. Medical professionals advise taking health and safety precautions, like mask-wearing and social distancing, more seriously this time of the year. It’s also more important than ever to get you flu vaccination, both for your own health and the health of everyone around you. Doctors are still working on a vaccine for COVID-19, but the flu vaccine is one safety measure you already have access to. Here are a few reasons why you should get your flu shot this year, even if you’ve skipped it in the past.

Keep Yourself Healthy

The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but it goes a long way in keeping your body strong. If you get the flu, your immune system will be weaker to other viruses, including COVID-19. If you still get the flu after you have the shot, your case is likely going to be more mild. Getting the flu vaccine will reduce your chances of needing to go to the hospital for sickness, which helps prevent you from possibly being exposed to COVID-19. 

Getting a flu shot is also a way of protecting immunocompromised people who can’t get vaccinated. By getting your flu vaccine, you’re playing a part in making the world safer for people with weakened immune systems by contributing to herd immunity. 

Side Effects Go Away

Many people have had bad experiences with side effects from flu shots, but this is a natural part of the process. Your body has to experience some symptoms for your immune system to learn how to fight them off, such as soreness around the shot area, headaches, muscle aches, and a mild fever. Some people might mistake these symptoms for the flu, but that isn’t the case. If you have worse symptoms after a flu shot, try getting the shot on Friday and giving yourself the weekend to recover. 

There are Non-Needle Alternatives

Some people don’t get vaccinated because they’re too afraid of needles. Along with the regular flu shot, the nasal spray vaccination will be available to anybody between the ages of 2 and 49, as long as they aren’t pregnant. If you’re afraid of needles or you have a child who hates them, you don’t have to get the shot. The CDC doesn’t recommend any particular vaccination, so talk to your doctor about your options. If you have respiratory problems or a weakened immune system, you shouldn’t get the nasal spray vaccine.

Get Your Flu Shot at MD365

MD365 offers flu shots, child vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, and televisits at a lower cost than other clinics, and our services are covered by most insurance companies. We aren’t accepting walk-ins right now, so schedule your appointment ahead of time and avoid waiting in long lines. We also offer comprehensive primary care, urgent care, and pediatric care. If we don’t have the resources to treat you, we’ll refer you to a specialist who can. Call or visit our website to schedule your appointment at our Shirley or Lake Ronkonkoma clinics today!

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