You wake up in the morning ready to take on the day, but by lunch time you’re sneezing and feel a sore throat coming on. “Probably just allergies…” you tell yourself. By the time you get home in the evening, your body aches, your head aches, and even though it’s 40 degrees outside, you’re burning up. There’s no denying it – you have the flu – but you can’t have the flu! There’s dinner to make, kids to bathe, a house to clean, and you have an important meeting at work tomorrow.
“How could this happen?” you wonder. You always wash her hands, take your vitamins, and have your annual wellness checkup. But do you get your annual flu shot? If you often make excuses about why not to get a flu shot, maybe you’ve been believing false information.
Posted by The Mercury News
5 Dangerous Myths About the Flu Shot
Check out these popular excuses for not getting a flu shot, and the reasons you should ignore each and every one of them.
- Excuse:“I don’t have time to get a flu shot.”
Ignore it because: Refusing to take an hour out of your busy schedule to get vaccinated might end with you catching the flu and feeling too sick to get out of bed for a week—or more.
- Excuse:“Vaccines make you sick.”
Ignore it because: It’s false. Flu shots are made of dead viruses, which can’t make you ill. However, vaccines take two weeks to start working, so you could get the flu after having the shot, but before it takes effect. The vaccine itself, though, will never make you sick.
- Excuse:“I’m healthy. I don’t need a flu shot.”
Ignore it because: Anyone, at any age, in any state of health, can suffer from severe flu symptoms. That’s why if you’re more than 2 months old, the CDC recommends you get the shot. Not only will it help you avoid illness, it will protect those around you who aren’t as healthy—since you won’t have the virus to pass along to them.
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When it comes to the flu, prevention is important, but a flu shot will protect you and others around you from illness. Then you won’t have to worry about who will do the cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids or rescheduling that meeting.
Getting a flu shot is quick and easy. The Medical Specialty Center at Orchard Hospital is Your Everyday Health Care Clinic, offering walk-in care or appointments – and flu shots too! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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