Although spring is right around the corner, the flu is not quite done spreading its misery across the state of Florida. You may be wondering if you should still get your flu vaccine this late into the flu season. Is it worth the effort? The answer is yes! The influenza virus is always a threat, even if the peak of the season has passed. Here is what you should know about the vaccine that has the potential to keep you- and your loved ones- healthy and happy.
Why Is the Flu So Dangerous?
For most people, the flu is an uncomfortable inconvenience that lingers for a few days and disappears. But for many others like babies, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems, the flu can lead to serious and dangerous complications.
These risks are even worse this year due to the presence of the Influenza A-H3N2 strain. Bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of other chronic medical conditions can all develop from the flu, which is why the flu shot is such a powerful and valuable tool to prevent illness.
Pregnant? The Shot is Even More Important For You!
According to the CDC, the flu shot is the best protection against influenza for you and your baby. The antibodies that your body develops are actually passed along to your baby and provides protection for several months after she is born. This is essential, since infants under six months of age cannot safely receive the flu shot themselves.
No, The Flu Vaccine Will Not Make You Sick
It is a longstanding myth that the flu vaccine can actually make patients sick. Don’t fall for that inaccuracy. The flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus that is incapable of spreading infection. It won’t make you sick, but it will help your body develop the antibodies you need to protect against infection from the flu in the future. The flu vaccine does take about two weeks to go into full effect, so it’s always possible that you will fall ill over that two-week period. That’s why the sooner you get your shot, the better!
There’s no reason to put yourself at risk of other health problems, especially if you are already taking precautions to protect your heart. Call (941) 747-8789 to make an appointment at Cardiovascular Solutions Institute, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, to learn more about the best ways to safeguard your health.