Winter is coming — and it’s bringing the flu with it! Have you gotten your flu shot to prepare? You may think you can tough it out to avoid receiving the flu shot, but are your health and sick days at work worth the risk?
Do I Really Need the Flu Shot?
Yes, you really do if you plan on staying healthy!
The Virus is Constantly Changing
Even if you received the flu shot previously, you need a new shot annually because as the virus mutates and changes every year so does the vaccination.
Symptoms Can Become Severe
Typical flu symptoms, such as headache, nausea and fever can increase in severity, causing you to spend countless hours at the doctor’s office while you miss work and use up all of your sick days. In some cases, the flu can lead to serious illnesses like pneumonia. Why risk becoming sick when something as simple as a shot can prevent it?
It Protects Your Friends, Family and Co-workers
You may not be worried about getting the flu, but your friends, family and co-workers might be. Without the flu shot, you put everyone around you at risk of infection if you catch the flu. Did you know the flu is so contagious that you can infect the person who pumps gas after you? Anyone is susceptible to the flu, so squash your chances by taking the safe route and receiving the shot. It’s that easy.
Let’s Talk Numbers
• Between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population will catch the flu.
• On average, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized every year due to flu complications.
• Adults can be contagious for up to 10 days after the first flu symptom surfaces.
• Between 3,000 and 49,000 people die each year from flu-related causes in the U.S.
2015–2016 Flu Season Predictions
Predicting the upcoming flu season is difficult because each flu season varies in timing, severity and length. The Center for Disease Control encourages everyone ages six months and older to get a yearly flu shot to avoid catching the flu. Stay healthy during flu season by getting your flu shot, keeping your hands washed and avoiding people who are already sick.
Will My Insurance Cover the Flu Shot?
Flu shots are considered preventative care and are required to be covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t have insurance and are paying out of pocket, the cost of a flu shot can range from $5 to $40.
In FOCUS ARCHIVES
Emergency Rooms VS. Urgent Care Centers