Some people are hesitant to get the vaccine because they feel like they don’t need it or simply don’t want to go through the hassle of getting it. In reality, the vaccine is incredibly helpful at preventing flu outbreaks and while almost everyone can get it, certain groups always should. Here is everything you need to know about the flu vaccine to help you decide that it is right for you.
Who Should Get it?
Even if you never get sick, getting vaccinated will help prevent you from spreading the flu to other people. Certain people should always be vaccinated and that includes people over 50, children between 6 months and 19 years, pregnant women, people on Immunosuppressants, people in nursing homes and people with chronic illnesses.
It Won’t Get You Sick
Some people have easy access to flu vaccines but choose not to get them because they are worried they will get sick from being vaccinated. The important thing to remember is that the virus found in the vaccine is dead so it won’t get you sick. Despite being dead, the virus can still stimulate the antibodies in your body which in turn prevents you from getting the flu in the future. It takes a few weeks to come into effect so you can get sick right after you are vaccinated but not because of the vaccine.
How Can You Avoid the Flu?
If you don’t get vaccinated, you have to rely on other methods to stay healthy and those include staying away from sick people, staying home when sick, always washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and never touching your mouth, nose or eyes without previously washing your hands.