With flu season right around the corner have you gotten your flu shot yet?
It’s that time of the year again—flu season—and our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers want their patients to know the importance and benefits of getting their families vaccinated against the flu. Just because you got a flu shot last year doesn’t mean that it will be effective this year.
Here are some of the benefits of getting the annual flu vaccine,
This is the most obvious and probably one of the most important benefits of getting the flu shot this year. The flu season last year was the worst one in decades, killing around 80,000 people and causing a large number of hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Therefore, it’s important that anyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine before the end of October to ensure that their body is ready and able to fully protect against this potentially dangerous infection.
Prevent Health Complications
Those dealing with other chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease have to be particularly careful, as they can be more susceptible to serious complications as a result of the flu. A simple flu vaccine can protect your body and also provide peace of mind.
Save Money and Prevent Invasive Treatments
Last year’s flu season was no joke and we have no idea what this flu season might bring, but why wait to find out? A simple vaccine only takes a couple of minutes and is far less invasive than hospitalizations and certain treatments that you might need if you develop complications from or a serious bout of the flu (not to mention that it’s far less expensive).
Protect Others in Your Community
Babies, young children and those with certain health problems may not be able to vaccinate. Therefore, the best way to protect these individuals from the flu is for healthy individuals to get vaccinated. The more people get vaccinated the less risk there will be for those who can’t get vaccinated to catch the flu.
Remember that it takes two weeks for your body to develop immunity to the flu after getting vaccinated so the sooner you vaccinate yourself and your loved ones the better. Call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today to schedule flu shots for the whole family.