Whether you’re planning a summer or winter vacation, getting struck with the flu virus can ruin your plans, but there are ways to protect yourself.
Because the flu is an airborne virus, you can become infected by simply coming in close contact with a sick person, such as a coworker or classmate. And since the flu virus is contagious before a person shows the first symptom, getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect yourself.
The flu vaccine is a painless shot that your doctor or pharmacist can administer. It only takes a couple of minutes. In fact, you can get a shot on your lunch break or while you’re running errands — it’s that simple.
And once you’re protected, you don’t have to worry about the flu for 12 months. This shot is perfect for everyone in the family (at least six months old) – especially children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Maybe you’ve heard rumors that the flu vaccine causes the flu. This is 100% false, although you may experience mild flu-like symptoms for one or two days after vaccination. However, you’re not contagious, and these flu symptoms don’t interrupt life.
The flu vaccine can be the solution to a healthier summer and winter. Talk with your doctor to learn how you can benefit from vaccination.