The flu infects thousands of people in the United States every year. Vaccinations can keep it from killing millions. Last winter, the U.S. went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory, killing nearly 80,000 Americans. Making a bad year worse, the flu vaccine did not work very well. Many experts say that getting a flu shot can make the illness less severe and save lives. Here are some researched pros and cons of the flu vaccine to help you ahead of the 2019- 2020 flu season.
One benefit of getting a flu shot is that targeting the virus can reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu by 50-60% according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
One misconception is that you must receive your shot in the late summer months. False! It’s never too late to get your shot and lower your risk for severe flu illness. Shots are available to anyone 6 months of age or older.
The cons to flu shots include side effects such as mild soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, aches or other minor symptoms. The symptoms typically occur soon after the shot is administered, and symptoms can last up to two days.
Another con is that the flu shot may cost money. Although there are clinics in the area that administer it for free, they have limited supply. It is best to call ahead of time.
Lastly, certain health conditions may stop you from getting the flu shot. For example, not all flu vaccines are right for pregnant women.
If you have any questions about the flu or the shot, talk to your doctor to determine what’s best for your health. Students at UWGB can contact the Counseling and Health Center on campus to set up an appointment to receive the flu vaccine. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty and staff. You may pay with cash, check, pass points or billed to your SIS account. No credit or debit cards are accepted. They do not bill health insurance, but can offer an itemized receipt.
The Counseling and Heath Center Information:
- Phone: 920-465-2380
- Hours: Monday-Friday; 8 am – 4:30 pm throughout the year.
- Closed Holidays.
- Website: www.uwgb.edu/counseling-health/
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