Who should get the flu vaccine?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.
NCPHD does not currently carry the flu vaccine. You can get the flu vaccine at your provider’s office, local pharmacies, and local flu clinics during flu season.
Remember: Protect yourself and those you care for. Get the vaccine, not the flu.
Top Ten reasons why you should get the flu shot
You care about the people around you.
You are not a selfish person. You would hate to be the one who sickened half your friends and all your family, or gave the influenza to someone who might die of it.
You’re no wimp
The shot only hurts for a minute, and you feel tough! (Besides, it’s better than being sick for a week or two). Besides, if you are even just a little bit wimpy about shots, you can probably get the nasal spray instead of the shot!
You don’t have time to be sick
No matter what you do, who wants to lose a week or two of their life being sick in bed? No Way!!!
Uh oh, if you get influenza, you are contagious for about a day before you even know you have the flu.
You don’t want to give it to others, you are always good about staying home when sick, but what if you’re around everyone, being social and the next day you discover you have influenza? Oh no! Better get that shot, and you won’t have to worry about that one.
You love being alive
The flu shot hardly ever kills anyone, but every year, thousands of people die of influenza. Thousands!! You don’t want that to happen to you or to the people you care about.
Those pesky flu bugs keep changing
Strains of the flu virus change every year, and new vaccines are produced to counter them as soon as they are identified. In addition, the vaccine loses its potency after a year. So, the shot you had last year will not be effective against this year’s virus.
It just makes sense: There is no simpler thing you can do to protect your health.
You take your vitamins, you try to eat healthy, you try to get your exercise, but there’s all those people sneezing and coughing during influenza season… Better get that shot!
You want to protect those infants who are too young to be immunized, and the elderly people whose immune response no longer protects them as it once did.
Think of it as “herd immunity”. You are a social creature, and by keeping yourself from getting ill, you may also just save the life of someone much more vulnerable than you.
It takes about two weeks to build immunity following the immunization.
You never know when you might be exposed to influenza; anytime between October and May, you just might encounter those germs. Better just get that shot ASAP!
The world needs you, your family and friends need you.
Your health is important to a lot of people. Whatever it is that you do, you can do it better if you are feeling well. Take care of yourself. You are too important to be out of circulation!!