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Flu Shot vs Death – Why Take the Risk?

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Which one: take your chances and risk getting the flu or get the flu shot? Getting sick with the flu is like getting hit by a truck, and you risk hospitalization or death, even if you are a healthy person. Getting vaccinated as insurance for protection from influenza is a no-brainer.

Unless you are in the rare exception group, everyone older than 6 months is recommended for flu vaccination.

Best time to get your shot in early fall so your immune system is ready by peak flu season.
Best time to get your shot in early fall so your immune system is ready by peak flu season.

No – you can’t get the flu from the vaccine: the viruses that make up the flu shot are inactivated (killed), therefore they cannot cause infection. 

The flu kills between 3,000 and 49,000 people every year.
The flu kills between 3,000 and 49,000 people every year.

The worst thing you get from the flu shot is a slightly sore arm.  There  is a 0.00001 % chance of experiencing a life threatening reaction to the vaccine.  I did the math for you.

Get your flu shot.

What the flu feels like.

 

By Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.