Don’t have insurance? Don’t worry, community centers around Orange County are now offering free flu shots to the public. However, it is recommended you call to see if they are providing these services to children.
Now I must admit that I’m not a big believer of getting the flu shot, or a fan of shots in general, and I’ve only had the flu shot a handful of times. But as we’re in the peak of flu season and I’m writing this post with tissues and box of Pseudoephed next to me, there are benefits in getting the flu vaccine this year.
Why You Should Get the Flu Shot:
- Getting the vaccine cuts your risk of getting the flu by at least 70%
- Anyone susceptible to having flu complications, those of you that are 50 and older/pregnant/chronic condition or have a weakened immune system, getting the vaccine will minimize contracting serious consequences (i.e. pneumonia)
- It’s a myth that getting the shot will give you the flu. The vaccine contains dead viruses, so catching the flu is basically impossible. People commonly make this mistake because the virus can incubate for up to the week, so exposure pre-vaccine may lead to the misconception that the shot got you sick.
- If you’re vaccinated early enough you’ll be protected for the whole season! You need to get vaccinated before getting exposed to the flu, so the sooner you get it done the better. Take a peek below to find the closest community center near you!