This year, the CDC has declared December 5-11 as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). This has become somewhat of an annual custom aimed at reminding those who have not yet taken their shot that they still have a bit of time to do so.
With the winter season, we know that the flu can become quite a challenge for many. As in the past few years, many people were hospitalized with this virus. We want to encourage you and your loved ones to get vaccinated and protected. So, in this post, we will share the top three reasons why it’s important to get your flu vaccines and other details about the flu.
What is the Flu?
The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses. It affects the respiratory system, including the nose, throat, and lungs.
How does an Influenza Vaccination Work?
About two weeks after you get a flu vaccine, some particular antibodies start to develop in your body. These antibodies will begin to provide protection against infection from specific influenza viruses. According to the CDC, all flu vaccines in the United States will give protection against four different flu viruses. These include the influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses.
- The Flu can be Deadly
- A lot of people underestimate the seriousness of the flu; however, it can and has cost many lives. In fact, according to a study by the CDC, annually, more than 200,000 people in the United States get hospitalized with seasonal influenza virus infections and related illnesses.
- Persons with underlying illnesses, the elderly and pregnant women are at high risk for flu complications.
- Preservation of Medical Resources
- When you get the flu vaccine, you are less likely to get sick and need medical attention or hospitalization. Therefore, Flu vaccination is especially important this season, as vaccination may help preserve medical resources and reduce the overall burden of respiratory illnesses on our health care system.
- Also, with COVID-19 on our necks, it is essential that you protect your immune system as much as possible. Contacting the flu will weaken your immune response and make you more susceptible to COVID-19.