5 Reasons (achoo!) to Get a Flu Shot

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Flu season is here. There are signs reminding you to get a flu shot, so what’s stopping you? We’ve busted your excuses below – make getting a flu shot your priority for today.


#1: Anyone Can Get the Flu

Anyone can get the flu, yes, even youIt can send a perfectly healthy person to the emergency room with a high fever and trouble breathing, or at least knock you off your feet for days or even weeks. For kids under two, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease or diabetes, the flu can be especially severe, even fatal.


#2: Shots Are Cheap and Convenient

It’s cheap and convenient. It’s never been easier to get a flu shot. Flu shots can be found at most pharmacies, grocery stores, doctor offices and health clinics. And it may not even cost you anything. For the majority of people with health insurance, the flu shot is covered under preventative care. In Fairfax County, flu vaccine is available at all five Health Department clinics.

You don’t have to go to our clinics for flu shots; go to your doctor, pharmacy, grocery store and other locations.

Flu Shot Finder


#3: Get Some Flu Protection

Some protection is better than no protection. Flu vaccines don’t come with a 100 percent guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but it’s still your best bet. Without a flu shot, you’ll be at greater risk for missing school or work.


#4: Shots Prevent Flu, Not Cause Flu

Flu shots don’t cause flu, they prevent it. Despite what you’ve heard, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu. The vaccine is made with either “inactivated” (killed) virus or “attenuated” (weakened) virus. In either case, it does not cause flu illness. It also takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take hold in your body. Some people may experience a mild reaction from their flu shot, but that isn’t the same as having the flu.


#5: Sound Medical Advice

Because the CDC says so. Like your mother, the CDC advises what’s best. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – a group of doctors and other immunization experts – recommends everyone six months old and older get a flu shot every year. There are several vaccine options, but the most important thing is to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

In case you needed more convincing…

flu 2015 infographic

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