Influenza, or the flu, is a serious infection that can cause complications which can send you to the emergency care department. You can safeguard your health by getting an annual flu vaccine. About two weeks after receiving the flu shot, your body will develop antibodies that can fight off the flu virus. If you have any concerns about getting a flu shot, you can ask your doctor for advice.
Myth: There’s No Need to Get a Vaccine Each Year
Many people believe that if they received a flu shot one year, there’s no need to get it during subsequent years. Physicians recommend annual flu shots because there are multiple influenza viruses. Each year, researchers analyze influenza viruses to determine which are most likely to be most prevalent that year.
Myth: I Can’t Contract the Flu from Someone Without Symptoms
Another common myth about the flu vaccine is that as long as a person avoids being around sick people, there’s no need to get the shot. In fact, it is indeed possible to contract the flu virus from a person who shows no signs of having the flu.
Myth: If I Get the Flu Vaccine, Other Preventive Measures Are Unnecessary
Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. However, getting vaccinated doesn’t negate other preventive strategies you can use to safeguard your health. There are plenty of other infections that you could be exposed to. It’s always advisable to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid touching your face.
Myth: It’s Not Necessary for Healthy People to Get Vaccinated
Influenza is particularly dangerous for the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems. However, even healthy people can become seriously ill with the virus. Health experts recommend the flu shot for everyone over the age of six months.
For all of your preventive healthcare needs, you can turn to Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte. Our hospital is pleased to serve residents in North Port, Punta Gorda, and the surrounding areas with exceptional cardiac care, emergency care, and senior care. If you wish to obtain a referral to a physician at our hospital, call (888) 685-1599.