Usually, the common flu is something you take for granted. It happens to nearly everyone every year and it goes away without much trouble and most of the time without any treatment. However, statistics from last year suggest otherwise and the figures are quite worrying for a disease that is usually treated with the same gravity as a headache. Over 80,000 people died last year from the flu strain according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The death toll has never been that high over the last five decades and it is certainly time for you to see influenza as the health threat is actually is. Here are the reasons why everyone should get the flu vaccine this year.
- The common flu is more serious than you think it is. It hospitalizes over 200,000 people every year and there are so many other illnesses linked to the influenza virus meaning that you actually have a lot more to worry about than you think. Although people pregnant women and those with chronic diseases like stroke are at a higher risk from the flu, these alarming numbers should be enough reason for you to hurry to get your flu shot.
- You could be a danger to everyone else around you. Refusing to get the flu vaccine would put you at risk of contracting the virus but there’s a real possibility of spreading the virus to those around you especially susceptible groups like children. By getting vaccinated, you are raising the immunity level of your community and maybe even saving lives in the process. Here is how herd immunity works.
- The flu vaccine is the best way to deal with the virus. It might be true that you have become so used to the flu that it doesn’t bother you that much but with last year’s disaster, it is not a disease that anyone should have on a regular basis. A flu shot reduces your risk of getting seriously ill by a whopping 61 percent according to the (CDC) and this is enough reason to save yourself a visit to the doctor especially with flu season just around the corner.
- It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to kick in. A flu shot triggers your body to build up antibodies in response to it but this takes about two weeks to happen. An early flu shot will buy you some time in the race against the influenza virus and ensure that the two week gestation period does not catch you in the heat of the flu season. This could prove fatal if recent events are anything to go by and you will be left thinking it was just one flu shot.