Influenza is a respiratory virus that kills thousands of Americans each year. Flu shots can help prevent you from getting sick. According to the CDC, flu shots helped to prevent around 2. 3 million influenza-related medical visits and 3,500 deaths last year alone. Here is everything you need to know about the importance of flu shots for you and your family.

What is the Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection from the influenza virus. Symptoms may include fever or chills, body aches, fatigue, stuffy nose, coughing and sore throat. Flu symptoms can be dangerous for younger children and older adults, especially those with other chronic health conditions.

How Do Flu Shots Work?

Flu shots use influenza antigens to fight off infections. These antigens help produce antibodies to help your immune system recognize flu germs the moment they enter your body. This helps them better fight off the virus to help keep you from getting sick.

Who Needs Annual Flu Shots?

According to the CDC, anyone older than six months should receive flu shots on an annual basis. It is recommended that people get flu shots every year because flu viruses can easily mutate. It takes about two weeks after a flu shot to build up immunity. Even if you encounter a different mutated flu strain, the flu shots can still provide some protection.

Schedule Flu Shots for You and Your Family

Flu shots can help prevent the spread of influenza and protect you and others from serious health complications. The best time to get flu shots is in the early fall before flu symptoms typically start to spread in your community. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your primary care doctor for treatment. Schedule an appointment with CLEAR Wellness Group today to get flu shots for you and your family.