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 ahead. We’re talking flu prevention—like getting your flu shot—and it is seriously important.
Just like wearing your mask nowadays to keep others from getting COVID-19, getting your flu shot is about more 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.
Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death, per the CDC. And getting a vaccine this fall will not only reduce your flu risk but also help save others by conserving potentially scarce health care resources.
So if you’re thinking about skipping out on 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 starting at the very end of August, but more often it 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!