No matter what your age, there are endless benefits to getting your flu shot. But this year especially, it’s even more essential to make sure you are up to date on all your vaccines. Although you may be practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing a mask, getting a flu shot is a vital part of protecting you and your child during flu season.
Keeping You Healthy
The flu is one of the infectious diseases we are able to protect ourselves from with a vaccine. If you become sick with the flu, it can weaken your immune system and put you at risk for other diseases, such as coronavirus. Although there is not currently a COVID-19 vaccination, the last thing you want is to come down with a preventable disease like the flu. Taking all precautions available to keep both you and your child healthy will ultimately help you to stay as safe as possible when it comes to contracting diseases.
Helping the Healthcare System
The benefits of the flu shot this year go beyond just your health. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, healthcare providers are seeing an increase in hospitalization rates. With flu season approaching, these numbers will go up as flu patients are added to the mix. Ensuring you and your child both receive the flu vaccine will help reduce the amount of strain on the healthcare system during this time, free up resources, and allow providers to focus their attention on COVID-19 patients.
Protecting Against the Latest Strain
Each year, the strain of the flu can vary, meaning the flu vaccine’s effectiveness is dependent on which strain is most prevalent that season. This means it’s important to get a new flu shot every single year. Staying up to date on the latest flu vaccine is the best way to minimize your chance of getting infected during that particular year, or if you do contract the flu, help to minimize the severity of your symptoms. This year specifically, staying as up to date as possible on the latest vaccinations will help you and your family fight off any potential illnesses.
With so many other precautions being taken against COVID-19, it’s easy to forget one of the easiest – getting your yearly flu vaccine. Contact one of our Coastal Kids locations to set up your child’s flu vaccination today.