Having the flu is awful. The aches, the pains, and it can last if the strain is a particularly brutal one. No one wants to feel like that, so the best plan is to plan. We're talking about flu prevention—like getting your flu shot—which is seriously important.
Just like wearing your mask nowadays to keep others from getting COVID-19, getting your flu shot is about preventing you from getting sick. It's also about keeping those around you who might not be able to fight off the flu as well as a healthy person can. Just like COVID, the flu can be a potentially life-threatening infection. And this 2020-2021 flu season especially, it's vital to think about others, and not only yourself, when it comes to the flu shot.
According to the CDC, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu, hospitalization, and death. And getting a vaccine this fall will reduce your flu risk and also help save others by conserving potentially scarce healthcare resources.
So if you're thinking about skipping the vaccine this year—think again. And this year, the earlier, the better.
The flu shot is available a lot sooner than you might think. Sometimes, you can get the vaccine at the very end of August. Still, it often drops in pharmacies and doctors' offices in mid-September or early October. The CDC recommends aiming for a September or October flu shot, especially for older people who risk reduced protection later in the flu season.
This year, make sure you get vaccinated. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!