In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are 4 important reasons to get your flu shot this October:
- The flu vaccine protects you from contracting the flu, and/or lessens the symptoms if you do get the flu, reducing complications and hospitalizations. CDC flu vaccine data has shown that flu vaccines have worked to contain the spread of this deadly virus since the 2003-2004 season. This tracking system helps researchers and manufacturers refine vaccine development. In 2010, the vaccine was 60 percent effective in containing the virus, or thus creating herd immunity, a term more people are familiar with due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Herd immunity means there is a resistance to the spread of a contagious disease within a population if a sufficiently high proportion of individuals are immune to the disease, especially through vaccination.
- You can potentially contract the flu and COVID-19 viruses at the same time, which physicians predict will cause significant respiratory and other health complications.
- Flu mutates or changes every year. Because you received a flu shot last year, does not mean it will protect you this year.
- The flu shot has minimal side effects.