The flu vaccine, that contains an inactivated virus, is recommended by the CDC for all of us but especially for the most vulnerable, to lower their risk of infection or lessen the intensity of the virus if they do catch it.
Despite that the rates of vaccinations have been going down…they believe that was partly to blame for the record-high death toll from flu last year - 80,000 people.
So what are your reasons for not getting one?
"Every time I get one, I get the flu..." It's made of a dead virus. There is no way you can get the flu. The spread of the flu starts ramping up just as we start going for the shot so it is possible you had it growing in you when you got the shot. Either way the shot will help your body more quickly recognize the strain and that will lead to a less severe outbreak of the flu in you!
"Shots are painful..." The shot is nearly painless (Delivered through a smaller needle than most shots or than those that blood is drawn from.) although you may feel soreness at the site of injection, the next day. Way less pain the flu itself. Not to mention there are some places, check with your doctor, that offer it in a pain free nasal spray.
BEST REASON TO GET THE FLU SHOT:
Babies under six months are among the most vulnerable, but they can't get vaccinated because they are too young. When you get the flu shot you are protecting them as well as your self.