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It’s that time of the year folks. What time you ask?? Time to get your flu shot!!
There has already been one confirmed case of the flu in Arkansas and I am not taking any risks!! I got my flu shot yesterday at work. I’m a Respiratory Therapist in a very busy hospital and it’s mandatory that we get them every year. I would get one every year even if it wasn’t mandatory.
Last year just in Arkansas there were 74 confirmed flu deaths, 47 deaths in people between the ages of 25 and 64, and two thirds of the deaths have occurred in previously healthy people. The CDC said this high number of deaths may be contributed to the historically low number of young people who got flu shots. We need to up our flu shot game Arkansas!!
I have gotten one every year for that last 15+ years and I have never once gotten the flu. I didn’t even feel the shot this year. My arm was sore after but I always get it in my non-dominant arm so it doesn’t bother me too bad. I always go ahead and take a Tylenol or Aleve right after I get my shot to ward off any achy feelings and to help with arm soreness.
I know a lot of people out there don’t believe in flu shots or are afraid of them but it’s worth it, I promise!! If you won’t get one for yourself then get one for the people who can’t them like babies and the immunocompromised. They need our help in protecting ourselves from spreading the flu to them! Do you want to be the reason your baby or other loved one gets the flu? I don’t think so.
Some people will tell you that they got the flu after getting the flu shot but it’s not true. You won’t get the flu from the shot itself but it takes one to two weeks to fully protect you and if you were already exposed then you were going to get it anyway, shot or not.
You say you don’t like shots? Get the nasal spray. Works like Flonase or Afrin and is perfect for kids and those weenies who are afraid of needles. #SorryNotSorry
Want more info on the vaccine, potential side effects, and what strains are in this year’s shot? Check out the CDC’s Flu Vaccine page. It has tons of useful information.
I do hope that you will protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu by getting vaccinated this year.
Do you get the flu shot??
Have you gotten yours yet this year??