November officially marked the beginning of flu season. Have you received your flu shot yet?
The influenza vaccine may take two weeks to become effective, so be sure to get it as soon as possible. Because the shot merely contains the killed virus, you won’t get the flu and your body can develop the antibodies necessary to prevent you from getting influenza virus.
Why should I get a flu shot if I’m healthy?
If you’re healthy and you catch the flu, it may just feel like a bad cold. However, you could still spread it to the elderly, babies, and people with weaker immune systems for whom the flu may be fatal. Just like voting and sneezing into your elbow, getting the flu shot is something you can do for your community.
The shot acts as a community shield, technically called herd immunity. The more people get the shot, the fewer cases of flu occur, which can slow down the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable in the community who may not be able to receive the vaccine.
On top of it all, most insurance plans offer flu shots for free!
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