Is Taking the Flu Shot Necessary Every Year?

Getting the flu is no fun and can be a potentially serious disease. Every flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. But each year millions of people get the flu every year, and in severe cases, this can lead to hospitalization and, sometimes, death.

Getting a flu shot every year is a smart way to avoid getting the flu. Avoid the miserable runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and awful body aches this year, and get your flu jab at your local pharmacy or your primary physician, you won’t regret it!

Why Should People Get Vaccinated Against the Flu?

Flu can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work or it can result in more serious complications such as bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions. The flu shot benefits far outweigh the risk of getting the flu if you don’t get the flu jab. The flu shot is proven to prevent the flu and also reduces the severity and duration of illness if you do get the flu.

Why Do I Need a Flu Vaccine Every Year?

A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual flu vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the composition of flu vaccines is reviewed annually, and vaccines are updated to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season.

Who Should Get a Flu Vaccine This Season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year unless you have certain conditions which make it unsafe for your health. Vaccination to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications.

Who Should Not Receive a Flu Shot?

Due to a condition or sickness, your doctor or pharmacist may advise you not to get a flu shot. If you have a pre-existing condition, it’s important you ask your doctor whether you should get a flu shot.

How Much Does the Flu Shot Cost?

The flu vaccine cost in the UK ranges from £8- £15, depending on where you get it.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition.

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