Why You Want to Get Your Flu Shot as Soon as Possible, Especially This Year

Why You Want to Get Your Flu Shot as Soon as Possible, Especially This Year

Strategies to prevent COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing masks, remote learning, telecommuting, and increased handwashing, contributed to unusually low flu activity during the 2020-21 flu season. So, if flu activity was low last season, do you need a flu shot this year? Yes you do, and they’re available at The Doctor’s House in West New York, New Jersey.

In this blog, Daniel Maenner, DO, discusses five reasons you should get a flu shot this year.

1. Reduce symptom confusion

The flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, sore throat, congestion, headaches, and body aches. If you develop these symptoms, it might reduce some confusion as to whether you have the flu or COVID-19 if you’ve already had the flu shot.

2. Help avoid overwhelming the medical system

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans are hospitalized due to flu complications. This year, hospital beds are already being occupied with patients battling COVID-19 complications. Getting your flu shot can reduce your risk that you’ll develop serious flu complications and require hospitalization. While this is a major advantage for you and your personal health, it also benefits the hospitals already battling COVID-19 surges.

3. Getting your shot early gives you more protection

Flu season starts as early as October and lasts until late April or early May. The longer you wait to get your flu shot, the higher your chances are of contracting the flu. The flu shot doesn’t provide instant protection. It can take 1-2 weeks for you to receive the full benefits of the shot, so getting your shot as soon as possible is essential for staying safe.

4. Your flu shot isn’t just for you

Your flu shot protects you, but it also helps prevent those around you from getting sick. The flu spreads easily, especially from one family member to another. By getting vaccinated, you can help keep family members and others well.

5. Flu strains change each year

Even if you had the flu shot last year, it’s important to receive one this year, too. Each year, flu strains mutate, and the current flu vaccines are designed to protect against current strains. And, if you do contract the flu, symptoms tend to be milder if you’ve had the shot.

Do note that a small percentage of individuals shouldn't get the flu shot, such as people with life-threatening allergies to anything in the vaccine, but we can discuss this with you when you contact us.

To get your flu shot or to learn more about it, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Doctor’s House today.

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