Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
It’s that time of the year when you have to protect yourself from diseases. Flu season is starting from October and will be there till May. Hence, it is important that your immunity is high. Flu shots not only protect you from viruses, but they also increase your immunity levels. We take a closer look at why people should get vaccinated and how they work in the following paragraphs.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Read more here…
There are several circulating myths about flu shots and many people around the world still believe these myths, thus refusing to get vaccinated. In this video, UCLA shares with us some myths and facts about flu shots.
Now that you know you have to get a flu shot, the next step is to find the nearest center where you can take one. Below, Sara Chodosh shows us how to find one.
Still, need a flu shot? Here’s how to find one near you
The CDC works in conjunction with an organization called HealthMap to run Vaccine Finder, a website that tells you can get any type of vaccine near your provided zip code or address. You can even search specifically for certain types of flu shot, like the cell-based (the one people with egg allergies used to get, though it turns out they can get the normal shot too) or high-dose versions, if you want or need one in particular.
It also lists how much the vaccine will cost you if it costs anything at all. This will largely depend on what your insurance covers, so if there’s no price listed online that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily free, just that some clinics have listed their charges up front. Most pharmacies list their prices online, or you can call to check. Many are totally free, especially if you have Medicaid. Find more information by clicking here…
Find the nearest flu shot center and get your vaccine. The flu season has started and it’s about time you get your dose.