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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 very practical!
Remember, it’s important to get a flu shot every year because new strains of flu virus appear each year. In fact, here are three good reasons to get the shot:
Along with these reasons to get 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 are rare. Yet, sometimes you may see:
Myth #3: I missed this year’s dose.
Most often you should think about getting your 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’s well worth considering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), points out issues you should talk with your doctor about before getting a flu shot. Let your doctor know if you have:
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, 2021
How often do you get a pneumonia vaccine?
Great question Linda. According to the 2022 Adult Wellness Guidelines for the pneumonia vaccine: "Ages 65 and over, one dose of PCV 13 and one dose of the PCV 23 at least one year before the PCV 13" is the recommendation. The guidelines are recommendations, you should discuss the recommendations with your health care provider that are right for you. ~ BW
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