Heavier jackets are out. Leaves are changing. Noses are running.
Each of these signals the arrival of another season – some call it autumn, others call it flu season. As many as 35 million flu cases are expected this year, starting in October and continuing into May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
During this time of year, it’s important to arm yourself with information on how you can help protect yourself from the flu – including getting vaccinated.
If you’re unsure if getting a flu vaccine is right for you, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion out there surrounding this vaccine, so read on as the record is set straight regarding four common flu vaccine myths.
Myth 1: You can get the flu from the flu vaccine.
Every year, some people choose not to get a seasonal flu vaccine because they have heard you can get the flu from the flu vaccine. That’s not true. In fact, doctors strongly recommend getting the flu vaccine because it’s the single best way to help protect yourself from the flu. The flu vaccine is safe, it doesn’t cause serious side effects and can even help reduce the seriousness of your symptoms if you do get the flu.1
Myth 2: The flu vaccine isn’t safe for older adults.
The flu vaccine is safe, simple and a smart choice – no matter your age. In fact, the flu vaccine is especially important if you’re 65 or older because older adults are at higher risk for serious flu complications, which could result in a hospital stay.1
Myth 3: The flu vaccine causes strong side effects.
The flu vaccine does not cause harmful side effects. And it doesn’t interact with other medications, so you don’t have to worry about changing your medication routine.1
Myth 4: It’s not worth it to get the flu vaccine if you’ve already been exposed to the flu germs.
Even if you do come down with the flu, the vaccine may help lessen the severity of your flu symptoms and reduce complications.1
Whether you are enrolled in Original Medicare or have a Medicare Advantage plan, your flu vaccine is included in your plan at no additional cost. So don’t wait – visit your doctor’s office or a participating pharmacy and get your flu vaccine today.
Now that you know a bit more about why the flu vaccine is simple, safe and smart, will you help protect yourself and those around you by getting your flu vaccine?
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/general.htm