Should I get my flu shot this year?

Yes, pharmacists at Reeves-Sain, along with doctors and the CDC, strongly recommend that you get a flu shot this year!

Flu shots protect not only you from contracting the harmful flu virus, but everyone else around you. Getting a flu shot provides the best protection against the flu and keeps it from spreading. 

Flu symptoms are unpleasant – no one wants to experience fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or fatigue, and especially not for a prolonged period of time. Although a flu shot isn’t 100% effective in preventing contraction of the flu, it can lower the chance of having serious symptoms and help aid a faster recovery.

A flu vaccine contains a small amount of the flu virus, which, when injected into the body, leads the immune system to create antibodies that protect against the virus if it is contracted in the future.

The flu virus is constantly evolving, which means last year’s vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be protected from this year’s strain. This is why new flu vaccines are released every year.

The flu can cause hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year and can lead to serious complications among vulnerable groups, making it essential to keep the spread of the flu at bay.

The CDC recommend annual influenza vaccinations for everyone older than 6 months of age, especially:

  • Children 6 to 23 months old ***
  • Adults older than age 50 (even if you’re in great health)
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • People who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Those with weakened immune systems
  • Those with chronic health conditions
  • Healthcare workers

*** Reeves-Sain provides flu shots only for individuals 9 years of age and older. Consult your pediatrician on getting flu shots for your child(ren).

Reeves-Sain offers a variety of immunization services to keep you healthy throughout flu season, including group and workplace immunizations for area businesses with 15 or more employees!

Questions? Call our Flu Hotline at 615-278-3123 or e-mail us at info@nullreeves-sain.com.