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Importance of the Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)


Every once in awhile, people get sick. We tend to see people sick around the time that the weather begins to change. Since people get the flu, the flu researchers developed a flu shot that can protect people from getting it. However, what is the flu, and why is it important?

What is the flu?

According to the CDC, the “flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs” (2019). Every person is different, so some might develop a couple of symptoms, while others might experience all the symptoms. In some cases, the flu can be deadly. The flu is similar to a cold. However, the flu has more severe symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

  • · Fever and/or chills
  • · Headaches
  • · Sore throat
  • · A dry cough
  • · Runny nose
  • · Muscle aches
  • · Fatigue

Why you should receive the vaccine?

It’s essential to receive the flu vaccine to help prevent it. It’s advised to receive the vaccine every year since it’s prevalent. The vaccine can lower your risk of getting the flu and the risk of having

health problems after the flu. Also, the flu can spread quickly if you are around people who might have the flu. They can cough, sneeze, or talk, which can spread particles into the air. People can inhale the particles and can get the flu. You would be protecting yourself and the people who are around you.

Can I receive the vaccine for free?

If you have insurance, you can make an appointment with your primary physician and receive it at no cost. If you don’t have insurance, you can still receive a vaccine at your local pharmacy; they might offer a discount. It might not be completely free, but it will cost less if anything at all.

Is it possible to get the flu even if I received the vaccine?

Yes, the vaccine decreases the risk of getting the flu, but some people might still get it. There are cases where the vaccine might not work for some people. You should try to stay healthy by staying away from sick people, always washing your hands, and not touching your face.

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (2019, September 13). Retrieved from

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