Welcome to National Influenza Vaccination Week! This week is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of flu shots. The flu can be a serious illness, so it's important to do everything you can to protect yourself and your loved ones. Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent it, and it's especially important for people at high risk for complications from the disease. So don't wait - make sure you get your flu shot during National Influenza Vaccination Week! 

Why the Flu Shot is Important

The flu is a potentially dangerous condition that can result in hospitalization and occasionally even death. While there are numerous flu seasons and diverse ways that influenza can affect people, millions acquire the flu each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands pass away from flu-related reasons.

Flu symptoms can range from a few days of being unwell and missing work to a more serious disease. Bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and a worsening of long-term health issues like congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes can all be flu complications. The greatest flu prevention method is receiving an annual seasonal flu vaccine. 

It has been demonstrated that vaccination provides several advantages, including lowering the risk of flu-related hospitalizations, illnesses, and even child fatalities. While some people who receive the flu vaccine may still become ill, it has been demonstrated in numerous trials that it lessens the severity of sickness.

6 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot

  1. A flu shot can save your life.

About 200,000 people are admitted to hospitals each year due to the flu. Dehydration, the deterioration of chronic illnesses, bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections are just a few of the serious complications that the flu can bring on that may occasionally necessitate hospitalization. Severe instances of influenza can result in death. The CDC predicts 80,000 fatalities from the 2017–2018 flu season.

  1. The flu shot changes each year

The CDC forecasts which influenza strains are most likely to emerge each year before the start of the flu season. The vaccine can still lower your risk of getting some virus strains, and if you do get sick, it can dramatically lessen the intensity of your symptoms.

  1. The flu shot helps with herd immunity.

Herd immunity is a term used to describe the benefits of immunizing large populations. Since we can't spread the virus if we are all immunized, we are protected from it.

  1. The sooner you get the flu shot, the better.

It is crucial to be immunized early because the flu season typically begins in October and might persist until May. The most effective times to get immunized are in September and October.

  1. Most people are eligible to get the flu shot.

With extremely few specific exclusions, influenza (flu) vaccine should be administered annually to everyone aged 6 months and older.

  1. You won't get the flu from the flu shot.

A common misconception is that you can contract the flu from a flu vaccine, but that is not possible because the shot uses a deadened form of the virus.

Get Your Flu Shot at BCOM

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a reminder that we all need to get our flu shots. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community are to vaccinate yearly. Broward Community and Family Health Centers (BCOM) offer walk-in flu shots for adults and children 6 months and older. We also accept most insurance plans. So there’s no excuse not to get your flu shot! Contact us today to schedule an appointment or drop by one of our locations for a walk-in vaccination.