#NoTimeForFlu – Learn the Facts, Bust the Myths

fluLast year at this time, I was hella-sick. A nasty, nasty case of pneumonia sidelined me for weeks, and I really wasn’t myself until well after the holidays. During that time, I was hyper aware  that I wasn’t quite well enough to get a flu shot, but that the minute I was well enough, I needed one. I never wanted to get that sick again, and if a quick shot would do the trick, sign me up.

I’ll admit it- I never made getting a flu shot a priority until last fall. Now, getting the family vaccinated is on our Fall Break to-do list (hooray!). Why are we getting vaccinated?

To sum it up in a hashtag? #NoTimeForFlu

Seriously. With work and schoo
l and gymnastics and Scouts and church and life…we have no time to be sick.

Here are some quick MYTHS about the flu and the flu vaccine-

I only need to be vaccinated once – MYTH! 

TRUTH- You need to be vaccinated every year, because each vaccine is formulated with the strains of flu expected to wreak havoc.

I can get sick from the flu vaccine- MYTH! 

TRUTH – Contrary to the misinformation
out there, you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine. You just can’t- the contents of the vaccine included dead viruses, which can’t infect you.

It’s too early to be thinking about the flu- it’s only fall, y’all- MYTH!

When I was knocked on my rear last September, they did a flu test. The doc said they were already seeing a lot of positive flu tests….in late September. As soon as the vaccines are available, it’s time to get vaccinated.

Ready to get your flu shot? Visit the Minute Clinic inside your local CVS pharmacy – they vaccinated patients ages 18 months and over at most locations (call yours to confirm they have the dose you need).

Are you ready to learn more? To learn more about the flu, how to keep yourself healthy, and what to do if you do get sick visit www.cdc.gov/flu and MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings at: http://bit.ly/ZQZVDn.

Disclosure: Thanks to MinuteClinic for sponsoring today’s discussion. All opinions are expressly my own.

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