Four Reasons To Get Your Flu Shot This Season

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You've probably heard the advertisements to get your flu shot. Your pharmacist may even have reminded you when you picked up your prescriptions. But if you're like many people, you still put off getting your flu shot, figuring that the worst that could happen is that you'll get the flu and feel a but yucky for a few days. If you're wise, however, you will take getting your flu shot more seriously. Here are four reasons to stop putting it off and get your flu shot this season:

The shot prevents you from becoming a carrier of the flu.

Perhaps you are the kind of person who never gets the flu even when you don't get the flu shot. This does not mean you should avoid the vaccine. Even if you do not get the flu, you can still become a carrier of the virus, passing it on to others you come into contact with. And since you're not ill, you won't even know you're doing this! The flu vaccine will prevent you from becoming a carrier, so it's a smart thing to do for the health of your family members, co-workers, and friends. 

The flu can actually get quite serious.

In many adults, the flu is a relatively minor illness that passes within a week. But the flu can be much more serious, leading to complications like pneumonia. It's difficult to predict when these more serious bouts will happen, so you're best off protecting yourself with a vaccine.

It might protect you against a heart attack.

Heart attacks can be deadly, so it's only natural to want to do all you can to prevent them. One of those things may be getting your flu shot! Recent studies found that a bout of the flu could trigger a heart attack in those with heart disease -- which includes anyone with plaque in the arteries. Getting your vaccine will reduce your risk of the flu, which will, in turn, reduce your risk of a heart attack.

Getting the vaccine helps protect others who cannot get it.

Some people are unable to get the flu vaccine because they are allergic to a component of the vaccine or have an immune disorder. The more healthy people who get vaccines, the less likely these non-vaccinated people are to getting the flu. More vaccinated individuals simply translate into a smaller likelihood of them coming into contact with the virus.

Contact a company like Dino Peds for more information and assistance. 


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introducing your daughter to the gynecologist

Having a daughter comes with a number of challenges. One challenge that you will one day need to tackle is determining when to introduce your daughter to the gynecologist. Do you take your daughter to the same gynecologist that you see or take her somewhere else? Do you wait until she gets her first period or do you take her in to learn about the menstrual cycle from the doctor? There is a long list of questions you likely have about introducing your daughter to the world of gynecology. Having gone through this twice myself, I have learned quite a bit and have included a lot of helpful information in my site to help other parents get through this complicated time a little easier.