Why Your Family's Flu Shots are More Important Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the flu in the spotlight once again. Even though the shot against the common flu won’t protect you from the novel coronavirus, as COVID-19 is a different strain, it will protect you from this year’s flu. 

At Hampstead Family Medicine and Burgaw Medical Center, we make it our mission to keep you safe. Read on to find out how the flu shot can keep you and your family healthier for longer.

Influenza 101

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, and it leads to symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening. If you catch the flu, you may experience headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing, runny nose, muscle aches, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The flu may not seem like a big threat to an overall healthy person, but it can be devastating to immunocompromised individuals. 

And as the rates for diabetes, obesity, and other conditions that affect the immune system continue to climb, more and more people are at risk of developing complications such as sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia. 

How a vaccine protects you against the flu 

A vaccine contains small amounts of the dead or weakened form of the virus. When this harmless virus is injected into you, it causes an immune reaction, which trains your body to recognize and react to the threat. Therefore, the next time you come in contact with the same virus, your immune system can easily recognize it and prevent it from causing issues in your body. 

The flu vaccine is different each year because scientists make predictions regarding which strains are more likely to appear. Although the predictions aren’t always 100% accurate, the flu shot is still effective at fighting the influenza virus.

However, although you’re protecting yourself against the flu when you get a vaccine, you can still be a carrier. This means that you can spread the virus to unvaccinated members of your family, so it’s best to vaccinate your entire household against the flu.

Get your yearly flu shot with us 

Vaccines are highly regulated and are produced by pharmaceutical companies with decades of experience in immunization. The end products are tested by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and effectiveness, and they’re responsible for keeping many Americans safe during the flu season. 

Build up your immunity by adopting healthy habits, and get the flu vaccine to protect you and your family against possible complications. Contact us to schedule an appointment so you can get your flu shot and stay at peace knowing that you’ll be sniffle-free this year.

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