We all have our opinions about flu shots. Whether these opinions are drawn from the media or personal experiences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone who is at least six months and older should get a flu shot this season.
The CDC says getting a flu shot can significantly reduce your chances of contracting the flu virus. If you haven't got your flu shot this year, you should consider the following flu shot facts provided by the CDC:
1. The flu shot doesn't give you the flu: The CDC says all batches of flu vaccine are tested to ensure there is no live virus in flu shots.
2. Fall is the best time to get your flu shot: The flu season can last from October to late May. Getting your flu shot ahead of time increases your chances of not getting the flu bug.
3. Nearly everyone should get a flu shot: Anyone who doesn't want the flu should get a flu shot, particularly those with a higher risk of developing flu complications including people over 50, children between 6 months and 18 years, and pregnant mothers.
4. You might experience minor side effects: Soreness in the area where people get their flu shot is a result of the actual shot and antibodies going to work, not the flu.
5. Immunity doesn't happen immediately: After your flu shot, it takes about 2-3 weeks for your body to build up the immunity to the virus. During this time, you still need to take precautions from exposing yourself to the flu.
6. It's possible to get the flu after getting your flu shot: People with weakened immune systems can still get the flu after getting their shot, but they generally experience milder symptoms with less complications.
With the flu season in full swing, 100 percent of ODS Health's standard medical benefits cover flu shots.