Why Getting A Flu Shot This Year Is So Important

In the year of COVID getting a flu shot is especially important. Millions of Americans suffer with flu symptoms every year, and thousands have died each year from the flu. Yes, that’s right, thousands. Only half the population normally gets a flu shot, but there are serious reasons why getting a flu shot this year is so important.

Prevent The Issue Of Multiple Symptoms

Many of the same comorbidities for the flu apply to COVID. Someone who is susceptible to COVID can also get the flu and develop serious complications. The combination of symptoms could land you in the hospital. Why allow family members to be vulnerable, especially an older relative, and why contribute to an overflow of hospitalizations during the next few months? Take advantage of a vaccine we already have and get a flu shot.

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Prevent Serious Complications From The Flu

Older Americans over the age of 65, young children, and those with asthma or chronic lung disease are substantially more vulnerable to complications from the flu.

Other issues that can lead to complications from the flu include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease of a previous stroke
  • Children younger than 19 on long term aspirin or salicylate meds
  • Those in nursing homes
  • American Indians and Alaska natives
  • Pregnant women and those within two weeks of giving birth
  • Those with a weakened immune system like HIV or AIDS or those with leukemia

Protect Those Around You

You can protect your family and all those around you by getting your flu shot this year. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop, so it’s best to get your flu shot before the virus begins to spread.

The more people who get their shot increase herd immunity. The flu is spread quite easily similar to COVID, so don’t delay in immunizing your whole family.

Take Advantage Of A Vaccine We Already Have

As we wait for the development of the COVID vaccine, everyone should take advantage of one we already have. Protect yourself, your family, and everyone around you by getting your flu shot as soon as possible.

Contact Mandarin Pediatrics at (904) 268-7701 to schedule an appointment for your child’s flu shot.

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