Why You Should Get a Flu Shot

Sophia Acuna, Author

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As the weather gets colder, the risk of influenza grows higher. The flu is very contagious, and in severe cases, can even be deadly. It’s important to get a flu shot (or the nasal vaccine if you’re not a fan of shots) so that you’re much less likely to catch the virus.

It’s also important to make sure you get a flu vaccine every year. Flu viruses are constantly changing, as do the vaccines. One misconception about the flu shot is that getting a vaccine each year will make it lose its effectiveness, but there is actually no evidence to back up this claim.

It’s still possible to catch the flu, even if you got the vaccine. However, getting the vaccine greatly reduces your risk of catching it by 40-60%.

So when should you get the shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommends getting it towards late October, but don’t worry, it’s not too late! According to CDC, “Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.”