Flu Season is Here, But Will the Flu Shot Really Keep You Protected?

Yes, unfortunately it’s that time of year again. No matter how much you might love fall, apple cider and Thanksgiving, the season comes hand in hand with cold and flu germs.

The availability of flu shots is nothing new; they have been around for years. Recently it’s become even easier to get one. There is no longer any need to make a doctor’s appointment; most pharmacies have established flu shot walk-in clinics. But the debate about whether or not to participate continues.

Some studies suggest that flu shots are highly beneficial, especially to young children, drastically decreasing emergency room visits amongst kids age 2 to 4.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people get the flu shot as early as October. However, the CDC does not say that everyone needs to get a flu shot. In fact, they only suggest that people falling under only a few specific criteria need to really worry about getting the shot:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. People over the age of 50
  3. People with certain chronic illnesses
  4. Those who work in the health care industry

There is of course some debate about the necessity of the flu shot, especially when some articles boast that the shot is barely 60 percent effective at preventing the flu.

In the end no one can make the decision for you, but it is wise to study up on the pros and cons of the flu shot before stopping off at your local pharmacy to get one.

Have you gotten a flu shot this year? Do you plan to?

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  1. Re: “… the season comes hand in hand with cold and flu germs.” That’s a particularly clever message, since one of the best (and easiest) ways to avoid getting the flu is to wash your hands often.  Well said, Julia!

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