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Get Your Flu Shot to
Lower Your Chances of Getting Flu

The flu is not the same as the common cold. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Its symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches, are similar to those of the common cold, but influenza symptoms are more severe and with the flu vaccine you can reduce the risk of getting the flu by up to 60% according to the CDC!

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Maybe you’re afraid of needles. Maybe you’re in great health. Maybe you just can’t be bothered. Whatever situation you are in, getting the flu seasonal shot is important. Not only is it useful for you, but it also helps those around you.

If you’re still skeptical about the flu vaccine, read on to understand why you should get your flu shot!

Why get vaccinated? 

So many people have been asking 'Is the flu vaccine really necessary?' 

 

There are many reasons to get the flu vaccine each year. Here are five reasons why you need to get your flu shot:

  1. Getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of getting the flu by 40%-60%. 

  2. You can protect people around you, especially the ones who are living with a chronic medical condition and are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and older people. If you are a carrier, asymptomatic or not, you may infect those around you with the flu. Therefore it is in everyone’s interest that as many people get immunized as possible to protect the least vulnerable among us. It’s not just about taking care of yourself, it’s also about taking care of your loved ones and others. 

  3. New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses. Even if you’ve been previously vaccinated, you won’t be protected from new strains of the flu. Moreover, antibody levels start to decline over time — another reason to get a flu shot every year.

  4. Flu vaccination can lower the risk of ICU admission by 26% and the risk of death from flu by 31% compared to those who were unvaccinated according to the CDC.

  5. Getting the vaccine has been shown to offer substantial other benefits including reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work.

  6. The annual seasonal flu vaccine is still the most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu. 

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Annual influenza vaccinations are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:

  • Pregnant women

  • Older adults

  • Young children

Chronic medical conditions can also increase your risk of influenza complications. Examples include:

  • Asthma

  • Cancer or cancer treatment

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Diabetes

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Kidney or liver disease

  • Obesity

When should I get the flu vaccine?

You should get your flu shot annually by the end of October or early November. The reason for this is because flu season begins each year near fall and winter, and last year’s vaccine will not offer you sufficient protection. As the virus adapts and mutates each year, vaccines are updated to ensure you get the best possible protection.

 

Do I really need a flu shot if I already got the Covid-19 vaccine?

They don't overlap. Influenza and COVID-19 are different diseases so you need both vaccines to be protected from each one. COVID-19 vaccines help you protect against the coronavirus and flu vaccines prevent influenza. You can catch both viruses at the same time, or one after the other. So getting vaccinated against both infectious diseases will help keep you healthy. 

Can I get the flu and Covid-19 vaccine at the same time?

Yes, you can get the flu vaccine with either a primary COVID-19 shot or a booster dose. Some people may be concerned about the possible side effects caused by each virus. According to the CDC, pas experiences show that any side effects are similar whether the shots are given in the same visit or separately. It should not cause worse side effects. It is also worth mentioning that getting the both shots at the same time or separately does not mean that you will not experience any side effects. For instance, you may experience a fever, headache, body aches, soreness at the injection site and other flu-like symptoms. To lessen the soreness, it may be wise to get one shot in each arm.

Where can I get the flu vaccine?

You can get the flu vaccine at The FirstMed as of October 27th. You can easily make your appointment by contacting us on this page. FirstMed Clinic is amongst the first healthcare facilities to launch the flu vaccine campaign in Italy, and you can find care here with English-speaking doctors, medical personnel, and staff.

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It's time for your annual flu shot!

15-minute appointment

€40