Get a Flu Shot!

Preparations for the Christmas season aren’t the only ones you should be making this time of year. It’s also flu season so make sure you get a flu shot while you’re doing errands in the coming weeks.

Flu season usually occurs between October and March with the peak season in January and February, but since the flu shot is available now, why wait? I realize that getting a shot is not something to look forward to, but it really is worth it. The few minutes of pain from the injections is preferable to days of feeling ill. And, no, the flu shot will not give you the flu. That’s just an excuse some people use to avoid taking the shot. It’s true that your arm may be sore for a day or two, but big deal!

Even though you are not in a high-risk group, you should still get vaccinated. It’s worth it to stay well. First, check to see if you can get the shot at work or school. This could save you some time or money. However, if this isn’t an option, it’s also not an excuse. I’d suggest you go to Publix, CVS, or Walgreens. All provide the vaccine. You don’t even need an appointment. And everyone knows there are no shortages of locations. You can hardly drive a couple blocks without passing one or more of these pharmacies.

Best of all, the vaccine is not expensive – only about $30. You’ll probably spend more than $30 on meds, pain relievers, or a visit to the doctor if you get sick with the flu even once, and it’s miserable to go to work or school when you’re sick. Invest a little time and a few dollars and do yourself a favor – get a flu shot.