The Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot Early

The flu usually makes the average person pretty miserable with fever, aches, coughing, weakness, and other symptoms. But, in the elderly, the very young, and people with weakened immune systems, the flu can be serious. It can lead to pneumonia and even death.

A flu shot can protect you from the flu or lessen symptoms if you do get it. But, getting one flu shot at some point in your life isn’t enough. You need a flu shot every year because each year’s flu shot covers different strains that health experts think will be the major ones in any given year.

While you can benefit from getting a flu shot later in the season, the sooner you get it, the sooner you will be protected. At Genesis Family Healthcare in Johnson City, Tennessee, our expert team of Family Practitioners can get you in for your flu shot early so you’re protected for the duration of the season. 

How it works

Flu shots contain a few deactivated strains of the flu that researchers predict will be the most prevalent for the year. When you are given a flu shot, your body forms antibodies to fight the weakened stains in the shot. And when you come in contact with any of the strains at full strength, your body will have built up an immunity to them.

We recommend anyone 6 months or older get the vaccine to protect themselves from the flu.

Protect yourself early

Getting the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the virus. The earlier you’re vaccinated, the longer you’re protected. 

Even if you’re exposed to a strain of the flu not included in the vaccine, it’s likely that you’ll have a less severe case than you would have if you hadn’t been vaccinated. The vaccine can lower the chance of hospitalization and the rate of death from flu complications in children.

Flu shots help most people

In any given year, the flu shot is about 60% effective in preventing recipients from contracting the flu. Even if the flu vaccine was a miss and didn’t include the most common strains, it will still keep you 20-30% protected.

Any protection is better than no protection, especially given that the flu can cause death. In 2017, 80,000 people lost their lives due to complications of the flu.

Getting a flu shot is simple and quick

At Genesis Family Healthcare, we administer the flu shot in just one dose for most people. The elderly can benefit from a high-dose vaccine that offers additional protection. Nasal sprays that deliver the vaccine are also available if you have an issue with needles.

To get a flu shot or to learn more about it, call Genesis Family Healthcare today.

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