As the temperatures get cooler, cold and flu season creeps in fast. Many people don’t think about getting their flu shot until it is already well into flu season, but you are most protected if you get it before the season starts.
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5 Reasons to get your flu shot this year
1. Save yourself some sick days. Being sick with the flu is horrible and takes days to recover from even for the healthiest of people. A simple Flu Shot can save you quite a few sick days in the long run.
2. Protect your family and loved ones. By getting the flu shot yourself, you won’t be bringing the sickness into your home. Especially when you have people who are more susceptible to the flu virus (young infants, 65+, secondary health problems, etc.) it is important to not bring that virus around them. Grocery shopping, going to work, taking kids on outings, etc. exposes you to a myriad of germs, the flu virus being one. You can be a little more at ease knowing that you aren’t exposing others to it through your own sickness.
3. You can spread the flu virus even when you aren’t feeling sick. It’s true, you can start spreading the flu virus even before you start having symptoms. So make sure that you are protected from the virus beforehand.
4. You’ll be protected from a few different flu strains for months. The flu virus changes, and you will want to get a new one each year, but there is a lot of research behind what virus strains will be hitting us hard as they prepare the flu vaccine. It is great to know that you have protection from a few different strains throughout the season.
5. It’s easy and almost painless protection. I recently got my flu shot through CVS Minute Clinic and it was a quick and easy experience. They have options that allow you to schedule an appointment or walk-in. With my crazy schedule, walk-in was the easiest. I was in and out in under 20 minutes!
You can easily spot which CVS locations offer a Minute Clinic. They have their sign quite large on the side of the building.
Inside, there is an easy to fill in screen that gives them some info about why you are there. You are able to make appointments online and then wait the line at home! I didn’t have an appointment, just walked in, and I was in to see the Nurse Practitioner is less than 10 minutes!
The Nurse Practitioner was quite informative. She had lots of information on the vaccine itself, and gave me a few tips and pointers to make the process as easy and painless as possible.
A quick, pretty painless shot and I am protected from a few different strains of the flu virus for months!
Visiting CVS Minute Clinic was definitely easier for me than scheduling a visit through my regular doctor, making the time for a specific appointment in my day, taking care of childcare during the appointment, waiting it out, and they still sent all the information that happened at my visit to my doctor’s office so my records stay current! Definitely a WIN-WIN for me!