The holiday season is upon us! Christmas decorations are up! Peppermint mochas and eggnog lattes are back at Starbucks. Christmas music has taken over the radio. The parking lot at the mall is a nightmare. And there’s a Christmas movie on TV almost every night! I just watched Elf last night! It’s only a matter of time until you watch Love Actually (You know this is true).
Not to be a Grinch, but it’s also flu season. No one ever wants to be sick, especially this time of the year! So DON’T LET THE FLU GET TO YOU! FIGHT BACK AND GET YOUR FLU SHOT ASAP!
Imagine this: While all of your friends are celebrating the holiday together, eating delicious food, exchanging gifts, singing karaoke, and playing Monopoly Deal (best game ever), you’re stuck in bed, sick with the flu and looking at all the pictures they’ve Instagrammed. If that doesn’t convince you to get vaccinated for the flu, then here are 3 reasons from the CDC on why you should:
- The annual vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
- New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with the rapidly changing flu viruses, so last year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s viruses.
- People with certain medical conditions, such as children younger than 5, senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with asthma, are at a greater risk of developing flu-related complications.
This week (December 2-8) is National Influenza Vaccination Week. So if you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, get it this week! Click here for more information from the CDC.
By ALYSSA LLAMAS
I don’t know. For whatever reason, I’ve resisted getting flu shots for years. I’m not getting the flu so am I just gambling and winning so far?