Getting a flu shot every year in preparation for flu season is more important than ever since we’re amid a global pandemic. Most people may be wondering why they would need a flu vaccine and the resulting benefits. Healthcare practitioners will often tell you that it’s totally worth the hassle.
Let us show you why.
Understanding Influenza Viruses
The influenza viruses are categorized into four types: A, B, C, and D, with A and B as the most common culprits that cause the flu season in the United States. Flu symptoms can vary from mild to life-threatening. The flu usually lasts from three to five days, with a cough lasting for up to three weeks.
Flu symptoms would usually include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children than in adults, and not everyone who gets the flu will have a fever.
Why Do I Need a Flu Vaccine?
Flu symptoms can leave you incapacitated for a week. That’s why getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the virus.
Another reason is that the symptoms of flu and Covid-19 may have significant similarities with each other. Getting the flu vaccine may prevent us from getting the flu, which is one way of easing the burden on the healthcare system due to Covid-19.
The flu virus spreads fast and quickly, and it can be life-threatening to children, immunocompromised patients, and those with chronic medical conditions. It can be contracted within six feet of an infected person from droplets when coughing or sneezing.
The flu virus can also spread through direct contact with an infected individual. The transmission of the virus can occur before an individual even manifests the symptoms and up to five days of being symptom-free.
Getting vaccinated has been shown to provide plenty of benefits like reducing the risk of hospitalizations, reduce the severity of the illness, and reduce children’s risk of dying from flu.
How Does the Vaccine Work?
Flu vaccines cause your body to develop antibodies against the virus that causes the flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for these antibodies to develop.
Research is done to know which influenza viruses will be most common in the coming season. These are the viruses that the flu vaccine will protect you from.
The Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
- A flu vaccine can prevent you from getting sick from the flu
- The flu vaccine prevents the hospitalization of children, adults, and seniors
- Flu vaccine can be essential protection for individuals with chronic health conditions
- The flu vaccine protects pregnant women before and after pregnancy
- Flu vaccines reduce the risk of children dying from flu
- The flu vaccine reduces the severity of the illness of vaccinated individuals who still get sick from the flu
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated is also stressed as necessary for people at risk of getting severe complications from influenza. It’s safe for pregnant women and individuals with certain chronic health conditions to get vaccinated.
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
There are exemptions as to who can get a flu shot, and among them are children younger than six months, individuals with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccines and their ingredients.
The following people should consider consulting their health care provider before getting a flu shot:
- Individuals with allergies to eggs and vaccine ingredients
- Individuals with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Those who are not feeling well
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Protecting ourselves this flu season by getting vaccinated also means protecting others who cannot get vaccinated. Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic that resembles most of the flu symptoms, we must protect ourselves and our loved ones now more than ever. The benefits of getting the shot truly outweigh the hassle of getting the virus.
If you’re planning on getting flu vaccines for your employees, call Well Health Works at 833-935-9355 now. We are committed to ensuring a healthy and protected workplace for you and your employees.