I got my flu shot, did you?!
Living in an uncertain pandemic world, I made sure to get my flu vaccine this week. Two totally different sicknesses but at least I know I might be safe from one of them. Getting the flu vaccine is an easy process and I would like to give a special thank you to Walgreens in Wall for the assistance. Everyone is different and some people never even think to get their yearly flu vaccine. For some of us, including me, if we don't get our flu shot we most likely will come down with the aching sickness during the harsh New Jersey winter. Like COVID-19, no one can out run the flu. However getting the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with the flu by 40 to 60 percent. While getting a vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of illness, hospitalizations and death. In addition, getting the vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. Below are other reasons why getting the flu vaccine can be beneficial:
- Flu shots reduce the risk of hospitalizations for kids, working adults and older adults - In 2018-2019, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 58,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
- Vaccinations are important for people with chronic health conditions.
- Vaccinations help protect women during and after pregnancy. a vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect the baby from the flu for several months after birth.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.