Cold and flu season is just around the corner, which makes now the perfect time to get into your Vera clinic for an annual flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age and older get a flu shot every year. Why? Because, along with preventive practices like proper hand washing, getting a flu shot is the single most effective way to prevent the flu.
How flu vaccines work
Flu shots work by telling your body what type of antibodies to produce to protect you from the flu virus. Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests will be common during the upcoming flu season. From the time you get your shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to produce the necessary antibodies to protect you from the flu.
Why flu shots are so important
No one likes getting sick, especially with the flu. Getting your flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from coming down with all the aches, congestion, chills, and fever that go along with having the flu.
Even if this year’s flu vaccine isn’t perfectly matched to all of the strains going around, it still offers a powerful dose of protection. According to Vera provider, Dr. Debra Schuerman, “Even in a year where the vaccine isn’t that good, you’re going to get some protection from it.”
Finally, staying flu-free isn’t just beneficial for you. It’s the best thing you can do to help protect your community, your family, and your co-workers.
Pair your flu shot with a biometric screening
When you come into your Vera clinic for your annual flu shot, consider scheduling your annual biometric screening as well. It’s an integral part of your Annual Whole Health Evaluation and offers a snapshot of your overall health.
With just a quick finger prick, you get information about your glucose levels, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Your results come back within a few minutes so if you also have an appointment with your provider that day, you can discuss the results with them. Along with your flu shot, it’s a great way to prepare for better health this fall and beyond.