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5 reasons you need a flu shot

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By SUZANNE PACEY
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1. The flu vaccine is not perfect.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it
Sure, it’d be nice to have a universal flu vaccine that meant you only had to get a shot once in your life. But until scientists crack that puzzle, it’s better to get the yearly jab than have no protection at all.

2. The flu shot doesn't give you the flu

Far from it. In fact, when you get the flu shot, the vaccine will not make you sick with flu. That’s because it’s made of deactivated flu strains. It doesn’t have the power to give you flu! You can have common symptoms like soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling after vaccination, but they usually don’t last long.

3. You’ll Miss Work, School, and Maybe a Paycheck

No doubt, if you have your choice between getting the flu and going to work or school, you should prefer the latter. Each year, the flu season results in millions of lost work days at a cost of billions of dollars.

4.  Medication won’t cure the flu

If you do get the flu, antiviral prescription medications like Tamiflu and Relenza may reduce symptoms, cut down on sick days, and prevent flu complications that could land you in the hospital, but they won’t cure the flu. Also, because we can’t predict how severe or widespread the flu season will be, flu vaccines and antiviral meds could turn out to be scarce.

5. It provides community protection

When you get a flu vaccine, you’re not just protecting yourself — you’re protecting everyone around you. You can unknowingly pass on the flu to your spouse, your children and those vulnerable, like the elderly.

source: www.morrishealthmd.com

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