The colder season is just beginning, and for many people, this is the time when they are most likely to get sick with colds and the flu. While there is no cure or vaccine for the common cold (though by being careful to avoid germs and making sure you are topped up on your vitamins you may be able to dodge a lot of potential colds), when it comes to the more serious issue of the flu, there is a preventative vaccine you can get that offers a very high level of protection against the viruses that cause it.
You can get yourself vaccinated by services like Nationwide Medical Surgical, and it is a quick process that is usually side effect free and pretty trivial as medical things go. The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for people who are in any way frail, such as the elderly, or people in poor health, as the flu poses the biggest health risk to them. However, there are several good reasons why even fit, healthy people of working age should consider the shot:
The more people have the vaccine, the harder it is for the flu to spread. Some people may not be able to afford to get vaccinated who really need it, and if other people protect themselves then this makes it less likely that the virus will reach them. Equally, you may have coworkers who don’t get vaccinated because they are not in an at risk group, but would still rather not catch the flu! If you are vaccinated you not only won’t get sick yourself, but you also won’t give the flu to anybody else.
The flu can knock you out. It is not really an illness you can struggle through and carry on with your normal routine like a cold. If you get the flu you’ll need to take time off work sick, and this is bad for a number of reasons. Employees with the best attendance records are looked on more favorably in just about every industry, and if the flu strikes a whole team it can actually bring a project to its knees. If you are self employed or paid hourly, the flu can be even more devastating as without paid sick leave you’ll be out of pocket for the time you are unwell.
The flu can be quite a devastating illness, even if you are not someone who is considered to be strongly at risk should they have a case of flu. It can leave you feeling less than 100% well for quite some time, and studies have shown a case of the flu can even affect the macrobiota in your gut – leaving your digestive system sluggish. Some symptoms like a cough can also linger, so it is always healthier not to catch the flu in the first place!
These are just some of the reasons to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible this fall, so you will be protected throughout the flu season.