Planning ahead is your superpower…
With the flu season right around the corner, you may find yourself wondering if you should get vaccinated. Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection that can affect any person of any age. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can result in hospitalization or even death.
The flu is spread from person to person when someone who has the flu virus sneezes, coughs, or talks. The flu virus can be inhaled by anyone close by. Occasionally a person may become infected by touching something with the virus on it, and then touching their mouth or nose.
We at Astia Health recommend an annual flu vaccine to reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu. If you’re still not sure, we’ve put together a short list of pros and cons to help you decide.
- Getting the flu vaccine may prevent you from becoming sick from the flu. It may also reduce the severity of your sickness if you do become ill with the flu.
- Getting the flu vaccine can decrease your chances of flu-related hospitalization, including in children and the elderly.
- Those with chronic health conditions run the risk of their conditions worsening if they contract the flu. Getting the flu vaccine may help protect them and reduce the chances of that happening.
- The vaccine defends women against the flu throughout pregnancy and protects the mother and baby several months after delivery.
- Getting the flu vaccine does not guarantee that you will not come down with the flu.
- The flu virus in circulation is always changing, therefore it is impossible to know in advance if the virus in the flu vaccine will match the one that is affecting the general population.
- The flu vaccination can cause side effects which are mostly mild and can include soreness around the puncture site, low grade fever, or muscle aches.
Even healthy people can get the flu. Protect yourself and your loved ones and get vaccinated.
If you are interested in the flu vaccine, simply call 888-885-4434 to call and speak to one of your friendly Astia staff to schedule your appointment or answer any questions you may have.