The flu vaccine is your best bet for avoiding influenza. But it also carries other benefits! Here are five reasons why you should get your flu vaccine this year.
1. The flu vaccine could save your life.
In a study done by the CDC, it was discovered that an average of 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized every year due to influenza-associated illnesses.
The flu can also be deadly. Flu-related deaths have been recorded since 1971, with a mortality rate ranging between 3,000 and 49,000 per year, according to Dr. Joseph DeVeau, M.D., a primary care physician for Piedmont Physicians Group.
2. Don’t like needles? You can still get the vaccine.
If the reason you’re avoiding the flu vaccine is because you’re afraid of needles, no need to fear! The flu vaccine comes in other forms that are just as affective.
3. You won’t have to use as many sick days.
According to the CDC, “The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays […] an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.”
Whether you’re home recuperating or hospitalized with complications, the flu can cost you valuable sick days and income.
4. The flu vaccine is covered by numerous health plans.
Most health plans are required to provide preventative coverage for things such as the flu vaccine. There are sometimes requirements to receive full coverage, but if you check with your health plan provider, you’ll be able to sort these out and get your flu vaccine in no time.
5. Your vaccination can benefit others
You may have heard your doctor mention “herd immunity” before in reference to the flu vaccine. This is the concept that if we all receive protection from the flu via vaccine, we won’t be able to pass it on to those who are weaker or at risk.
Once you have the flu, it is extremely easy to pass on to other individuals, and some (infants, pregnant women, the elderly) are more likely to experience life-threatening complications when contracting the flu virus.