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It’s flu season. What do you think is the best choice for avoiding the flu?
If you chose answer one or two, you are clearly a brave and strong person capable of withstanding anything. But if you chose answer three, you may still be brave and strong, but you’re also extremely practical!
Remember: it’s important to get a flu shot every year because there are new strains of flu virus yearly. In fact, here are three good reasons to get the shot:
Along with these reasons for getting a flu shot, you should be aware of a couple of the myths surrounding flu shots:
Myth #1: Getting a flu shot will give you the flu.
This is not true. The flu shot is made in two ways:
Myth #2: I won’t feel right after getting a flu shot.
While we’re all different, major reactions to a flu shot seem rare. Yet, sometimes you may see:
Myth #3: I missed this year’s dose.
Most often you should think about getting the flu shot by October and as early as July. Still, as long as flu viruses are circulating, immunizations may be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. Ask your doctor when you should plan for yours.
Who should NOT get a flu shot?
While the list of reasons for not getting a flu shot is short, it is well worth considering. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), points out issues you should talk with your doctor about before getting a flu shot:
Lastly, people who are 65 or older should not get the intradermal flu shot or the jet injector flu vaccine.
Originally published 10/25/2016: Revised 2019
Please don't spam me with flu shot emails! I've had a flu shot, 3 months ago, thanks. Yes, you should get one if you haven't, but the time to get them (and your not so welcome spam) is in the fall, before flu season, not in the spring, after everyone that's getting one has gotten one, and when the flu season is near the end. PLEASE for the of GOD, don't do this again.
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