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4 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot

To get vaccinated or not… that is the question Canadians ask every Fall. Here are a few reasons why you might consider getting a flu shot this year.

 

1. The flu can be serious

“The flu? I’ll be just fine after a few days of rest.” That might be true for the common cold, but the flu is much more serious. If you get the influenza virus, you’re likely to experience high fevers, extreme fatigue, muscle aches and severe headaches, in addition to the usual cough and stuffy nose.1 Sounds fun, right? The flu shot is the best way to protect you and your family against getting the flu in the first place.

 

2. The flu virus changes every year, and so does the flu vaccine

The flu virus circulates all around the world, and evolves very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that new strains of the flu are constantly emerging. Every year, scientists and health experts create a new flu vaccine designed to fight the most prevalent flu strains. This means old vaccines won’t properly protect you against this year’s influenza virus.2 You need to get the best protection for this current flu season.

 

3. Your flu shot helps everyone, not just you

Not everyone is well equipped to overcome the flu. Some groups, such as infants, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems, are much more vulnerable to getting the flu.3 By not getting the flu shot, you’re increasing their chances of getting sick as well. The more people that are protected against the flu, the less the virus can spread. Of course, members of at-risk groups are encouraged to get flu shots, but some, such as babies under the age of 6 months, can’t be vaccinated.4 To minimize their risk of getting sick, you can do your part by getting the flu shot.5 You won’t just be protecting yourself, but you’ll also help protect others around you.

 

4. It’s easy!

Getting a flu shot is quick and easy; just visit your local pharmacist who can administer it on location! Visit your nearest Guardian, I.D.A, Medicine Shoppe® or Remedy'sRx location right now to get protected against the flu.

 

1http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/flu-cold-symptoms?page=2
2
http://www.drugs.com/slideshow/top-11-reasons-to-get-your-flu-vaccine-1052#slide-7
3,4
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/art-20048000
5
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/flu-vaccine-benefits.pdf

The information in this article is presented strictly for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Please see your health care provider if you have any questions about your condition, medication, or treatment.

WHAT IS THE FLU?

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the airways, affecting the nose, throat and lungs.

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