Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet? 3 Reasons You Should

Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 11:13 pm

It seems like we were all just enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer, but Florida’s hottest season has been replaced by flu season. If you haven’t yet received your flu shot, these reasons will remind you that it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health.

1. The Flu Is Dangerous!

You might just think of the flu as an uncomfortable inconvenience that lingers for a few days and disappears, but it’s an extremely dangerous illness for the most vulnerable among us. Babies, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems aren’t just vulnerable to the flu; they are at high risk of serious and dangerous complications as a result of the flu. The flu vaccine is the single most effective way to ward off the flu. Just one shot is all you need to receive the vaccine, and it will immediately go to work developing extra layers of protection for your body.

2. The Flu Shot Is Safe For Pregnant and Nursing Women

There are many things that women cannot do when they are pregnant or breastfeeding, but the flu shot is not on that list of restrictions. In fact, the flu shot is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby!

According to the CDC, the flu shot provides essential protection to your baby in the womb while also keeping you healthier. The antibodies that your body develops are actually passed along to your baby and provide protection for several months after she is born. Since infants under six months of age cannot safely receive the flu shot themselves, the vaccine you receive while pregnant is the best protection they can get!

3. The Flu Shot Cannot Make You Sick

Many people are wary of the flu shot because they mistakenly believe that it can cause the flu to develop. The flu shot cannot make you sick! The vaccine contains an inactivated virus that is incapable of spreading infection. It simply helps your body develop the antibodies you need to protect against infection from the flu in the future.

Some wise health decisions are difficult and expensive, but the flu shot is truly simple and affordable. Just stop by Suncoast UCC anytime to receive your vaccination and enjoy a happier, healthier winter season. Call (727) 372-3888 to learn more about the Suncoast UCC locations in Trinity and Spring Hill, Florida.

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Category: Infections

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