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Why do I need a flu shot every year?
Influenza (the Flu) is a serious ailment affecting millions of Americans, of which about 250,000 are hospitalized each year. Of those, about 36,000 people, mostly over age 65, die each year from complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older remain up-to-date on flu shots. A yearly flu vaccine will protect you against three influenza viruses that researchers suggest will affect us this season.
Occasional side effects do occur from the flu vaccine but these are very rare. In the case that they do arise, it is within a few minutes to a few hours after receiving the shot and may involve soreness or swelling in your arm. You may also feel as though you have cold-like symptoms.
The benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risk of flu shot side effects so take steps to protect your health and visit AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park today!
Most people get over the flu within a couple weeks of experiencing symptoms like headaches, body aches, sore throat, and runny nose. However, complications can occur: inflammation of the heart and brain, organ failure, and inflammatory response being just a few.
People over 65, people with chronic conditions like asthma, pregnant women, and young children are all at risk of developing complications.