Nobody likes needles, and this reason alone may move you to postpone getting a flu vaccine. However, you can’t escape flu season. It’s going to happen and if you want to stay healthy this year, here are three reasons why you need a vaccination.
1. It doesn’t make you sick.
Contrary to what you may have heard, getting a flu vaccine will not make you sick with the flu. It is true that some people experience side effects from the vaccination, typically soreness at the injection site and maybe a low-grade fever. Just know that this is not the flu and you are not contagious. The side effects only lasts for about 24 to 48 hours.
2. Lowers your risk of a heart attack.
Getting a flu shot does not prevent a heart attack, but according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “getting the influenza vaccine lowers a person’s odds of a having heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or other major cardiac event—including death—by about a third over the following year.”
If cardiovascular disease runs in your family, or if you’ve had a heart attack in the past, getting a flu vaccine could potentially save your life.
3. It’s the responsible thing to do.
Reducing the likelihood of a flu outbreak takes a joint effort. If you do your part and get an annual flu vaccine, you help reduce the number of flu cases, plus you’re protecting your family from the virus.