“I never had a flu shot, and I never got the flu.”
“I know someone who swears he got the flu from the shot.”
“I don’t like needles. I’ll take my chances.”
Have you heard any of these reasons for not getting an annual flu shot? Have you ever said them yourself? (FYI the flu shot does not give you the flu.) Fact is, the flu is a significant health risk that can be lowered by more people getting the shot.
Here are a few more flu facts:
- Millions of people, on average, are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands of people die from flu each year.
- The flu can last between one and two weeks. Even after symptoms like fever, chills and cough subside, you can feel weak and tired for days. Can you afford to miss work or school or taking care of your family for that long?
- Otherwise healthy people who get the flu can expose vulnerable people to an illness that could make them very sick. Those include children, the elderly and anyone with a chronic condition, such as asthma, heart disease or cancer. They can be sitting next to you at a movie, behind you in the grocery line or next to you at work.
- Do yourself (and your friends, co-workers and family) a favor. Get the shot. It’s the best way to prevent the flu. And talk to your doctor about the pneumonia vaccine, too. It’s recommended for everyone 65 years and older, and for adults with certain health conditions.H
Here’s what everyone should know about the flu shot
- Who should get a flu shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot.
- When to get a flu shot
Soon after the vaccine becomes available, ideally by the end of October, before the flu becomes widespread.
- The flu shot is free with your plan*
ConnectiCare covers the cost when you get your shot from an in-network doctor, community flu clinic or retail pharmacy.*
*If you get a flu shot while visiting your doctor for another reason, your plan’s copayment, deductible and coinsurance will apply to the visit.