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Flu Shot: Why Get Your Vaccine Before Halloween?

The flu shot reduces the risk of illness ​by 40-60%, and may reduce your symptoms if you get sick​ ​​​CDC

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​How ​would your business productivity suffer if you got the flu?

Flu ​vaccines are a hallmark of nearly all worksite wellness programs, with top employers even ​delivering vaccinating nurses to employee desks.  In the U.S., hospital and doctor's visits and medications from the flu cost $4.6 billion per year, and U.S. employees face an estimated $7 BILLION a year in sick days and lost productivity. NIOSH

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. CDC


The CDC estimates during the '16–'17 season, flu vaccine prevented 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations associated with influenza.​​

Who should get a flu shot?

You, probably! The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months old gets a flu vaccine by the end of October of each year, or as soon as possible after that. U.S. flu activity typically peaks between December and February. The body takes 2 weeks after ​vaccination to make enough antibodies to prevent illness.

Where can I get ​a flu shot?

Flu shots are available at many major pharmacies near you. The CDC flu vaccine finder makes simple to find the location that works best for you!

​True or False: You can get the flu from a flu vaccination

FALSE. And feeling sick is not how you know the shot worked. In randomized, blinded studies where some patients got flu shots and others got salt-water injections, there were no differences between groups in body aches, cough, fever, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms. The only difference was increased arm soreness and redness at the injection site.

Most people do not feel any side effects, which are typically mild and last less than two days.

TED-Ed has a great video on how vaccines work:

Call your healthcare provider or local clinic (link) about the flu shot today!

More info:

​The flu shot is strongly indicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

​Egg allergies do not necessarily mean you can't or shouldn't get a flu shot.

For more information, visit ​CDC Flu FAQ

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Reggie Wilson is the founder of Fit for Freelance. He's a certified worksite wellness program manager, certified online trainer etc., but he's really just a guy who loves health science and helping people lead their best lives. Read more about him here

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