It’s that time of year again!
Flu season is right around the corner, so that means it’s time to get your flu shot.
Why do you need it? Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against treatable diseases, including the flu. Since the vaccination takes about 2 weeks to become effective, the CDC recommends getting your flu shot early so that your body will be prepared to fight when the time comes. While some people may think that their body can fight the flu without the vaccination, there are some individuals that are at a higher risk of more severe complications from the virus. Without the vaccination, the virus can cause complications that may lead to life-threatening consequences.
How does it benefit you and others? The flu vaccination can prevent you from getting the flu, or can reduce the severity of the illness and its symptoms or complications. Getting vaccinated may also protect those around you who may be more vulnerable to the illness. For individuals with weakened immune systems, contracting the flu virus can be fatal. Getting the flu vaccination can not only save your life, but it can safe someone else’s as well.
Who should get it? The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months should get the flu vaccination, especially those who are at a greater risk for complications from the virus. Adults older than 65, women who are pregnant, young children, individuals with heart disease, and individuals living with asthma are some that are at a higher risk of complications. *Our specific vaccination is recommended for ages 3 and up!*
Who should NOT get it? Children younger than 6 months should not receive the flu vaccination, nor should individuals with severe allergies to ingredients of the vaccination such as eggs, gelatin, and antibiotics.
Where and when can you get it? Flu vaccinations are available at all UCMV locations. during all hours of operation. The CDC recommends getting the flu vaccination whenever they become available at a clinic near you or before the end of October each year.