The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the annual flu vaccine shot is a good idea. Most people you personally know recommend a yearly flu shot. The general public is generally in favor of the practice. So what’s the hesitation?
Overblown Fears of the Flu Shot?
Some people get a little freaked out by injecting an actual virus into their body. But the dosage is tiny, designed to give your immune system just enough of the virus to develop the necessary antibodies to prevent the flu.
Plus, a certain segment of the population would rather just take the risk of getting the flu without exposing themselves to an antibody strain, no matter how small and insignificant. Their general line of thinking goes something like this: “It might happen to me, but I’m willing to roll the dice and skip the flu shot.”
And don’t forget the general “flu shot hysteria” of the past few years. When Dr. Oz and other celebrities start telling everybody about how flu shots should be avoided, a lot of buzz is generated. Both sides involved in the argument dig in, and a war of attrition takes place, with the truth often times a casualty. Even though it’s responsible for helping millions avoid sickness, the flu shot has been blamed for high mercury levels, and even has been blamed for increased autism rates!
So there are probably a few reasons why you have vague, nagging doubts about getting a flu shot. Do the potential side effects outweigh the benefits? And what about the flu shot hysteria over the past decade – is there any truth to the rumors?
Here’s the fact: there is no link between flu shots and autism.
So, the verdict it in – flu shots are an effective (and very affordable) way to avoid illness, particularly during the fall and winter months. With autumn only a few weeks away, you should consider getting a vaccine shot soon.
A Handful of Health-Boosting Reasons
Let’s look at five different reasons to consider getting a flu shot soon.
We’re Obsessed with Smartphones
OK – so what does our infatuation with hand-held electronic devices have to do with a flu shot? While those phones are great for checking Twitter, texting friends and – strangely enough – making actual phone calls, they’re also an ideal surface to transmit the flu virus. A single flu shot takes care of the problem, even if you’re phone cleaning schedule is a little behind.
It’ll Help Prevent or Lessen Impact of Illness
Once you get a flu shot, you’re more likely to avoid the flu altogether. And even if you happen to come down with a different strain, the likelihood of a quick recovery is increased.
It’s Not Just for You
A common misconception about the flu virus is a rather selfish one – or, to put it another way, “It’s all about me.” Fact is, it’s not all about you. Sure, you’ll certainly benefit. But so will the people you interact with on a daily basis. A flu shot decreases the chance you’ll spread it to someone else.
It Offers Excellent Return on Investment
Flu shots are more affordable than ever. For around $25, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance to avoid a nasty fall & winter sickness. Small investment, big payoff.
It’s Readily Available
It’s not like you have to travel to the ends of the Earth to find a flu shot. More than any time in human history, the flu shot is more widely distributed than ever before. We know a few urgent care clinics that offer fast, affordable flu shots.
Urgent Care Extra, the leading network of immediate care centers in the U.S. Southwest, offers affordable flu shots for anyone – just walk right in! We have over 40 office locations in the Nevada and Arizona. To talk with a flu shot specialist at Urgent Care Extra, please call (480) 840-3075, or send us a confidential email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading the UCE blog – and remember to get your flu shot this autumn!