Do I Really Need to Get a Flu Shot Every Year?

If you’ve ever had the flu, you’re familiar with its uncomfortable symptoms. You probably don’t want it again.

That’s why it’s a good idea to get your flu shot. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte shares some details about why getting the vaccine is even more important than normal this year.

Why Do I Need a Flu Shot?

Put simply, the flu vaccine is your best defense against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that nearly everyone age 6 months and older get the vaccine by the end of October each year.

Why do you need it annually? Because different strains of the flu strike each year, so the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to protect against the strains of the flu predicted to be most common.

Those at Highest Risk of the Flu

  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone with a compromised immune system

Why Is It So Important This Year?

Experts recommend getting the flu shot annually, but it’s especially important to do so this year. Think about it—the flu season, which lasts from around November to March or April, will intersect this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

That presents you with a potent duo of viruses you could catch—and could potentially stress the health system with more medical visits and hospitalizations. Getting the flu shot will boost your immune system with antibodies to help keep you safe.

Other Ways to Prevent the Flu

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth to lower the risk of both COVID-19 and the flu.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • When soap and water aren’t around, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Limit your interaction with anyone who may be sick.

AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte is your one-stop-shop for your flu vaccination needs! Stop by or schedule an appointment at your convenience.