Each year just before winter, many people go out and get their flu shot, to protect themselves from a number of different strains of the flu. Sometimes the workplace may even offer their employees the option to get the flu shot. If you have the option to get corporate flu shots, then it is certainly recommended you do so, as there are so many different benefits that are associated with the shot.
Everyone has probably had a cold or the flu at some time in their lives, and you know it is not a fun time. The good news is that there is an easy way to limit the chances of getting sick throughout the year. There are lots of different places that offer the flu shot, one of the most common being your local GP. If you do have any concerns about the flu shot, it is best to talk to your GP, to get the best information
So, why should you get a flu shot? Have a read on below to find out the benefits of getting the flu shot:
Prevention of the Flu
The most obvious one of all. If you get the flu shot you are less likely to get sick with a cold or the flu. It is important to note that there are many different strains of the flu, so getting the shot is not a 100% guarantee that you won’t get sick throughout the year, but it does dramatically improve your chances.
The flu shot can also limit the severity of your sickness, if you do end up catching a cold or the flu. This means if you do get sick, it may not be as bad and you are less likely to need to go to the doctor, be hospitalised or even face complications which could result in death.
Protection During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, there is so much going on and there is a lot of pressure on your body as it changes. The last thing you want is to catch a cold or get the flu when you are pregnant and are trying to grow a little person inside of you.
As well as protecting the expecting mother from the flu, the vaccination can also protect the newly born baby before it is old enough to get the vaccination themselves. This protection usually will last for a few months after birth.
Helps People With Chronic Health Issues
If you have a chronic health issue, it is especially important you get your flu vaccination as it can prevent the flu and any nasty side effects that come with it that make cause complications to your chronic health issue.
Conditions like lung disease and diabetes can be complicated if you get the flu or a cold, but with a vaccination, if you do end up getting sick, it limits the severity of those conditions. This results in less hospitalisations and other long term complications from catching the simple cold, that many other can recover from normally.
Reduced Risk For Older People
Older people tend to get sick easier and when they do it can become a lot more serious than compared to a younger person. This is why it is important for older people to get the shot, so there is one less thing they have to worry about.
The flu shot prevents hospitalisations in older people who may not necessary be able to fight against the flu. It also limits the amount of complications that you may have got from the flu if you didn’t get vaccinated.