Top Ten Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot... NOW

1. You are a good person. You're not selfish. You have a general consideration for people around you. You don't litter. You put your grocery cart back where it belongs. But if you don't get your flu shot, you run the risk of being a germ litterbug, spewing out the flu virus to everyone around you. You might be okay with the risk of getting the flu, but do you really want to be responsible for spreading the virus to everyone around you? It is not about you, people. It's a social thing. It's like medical jury duty.

 2. You are brave. No one likes a shot, but most people don't die from them. You can, however, die from not getting this one. In fact, in a low year, 3,000 people die from the flu; in a heavier year, the number climbs to 49,000.1 The shot just hurts for a little while. You're tough. You can take it. It's a lot better than dealing with the flu for days (or weeks). If worst comes to worst, you could get the nasal spray vaccine. We promise we won't call you a wimp.

3. You are the oldest you've ever been. If you are more than 6 months old, you need the fluvaccine. It's particularly important if you're over the age of 65 because about 90% of the people who die from the flu are 65 or older.2 The vaccine strength and make-ups can vary based on your age and other factors, so rest assured that you are getting exactly what you need.

4. It just takes a second. Our office is primed and ready; we can have you in and out in a flash. We've done this a time or two; we have it down pat.

 5. But these things take time. The shot itself only takes a couple of seconds, but it takes about 2 weeks for the antibodies to grow in your body, and that's what makes the vaccine effective. With flu season starting in October, now is the perfect time to get on board. 3

6. Times, they are a changin'. The flu virus changes every season, so the vaccine changes every year, too. Your vaccination from last year does not help you this year. This is one of those times where the upgrade really matters.

7. There is a very good return on investment. People are all about ROI these days, and this one's a no-brainer. For just a few seconds of your time, you get maximum protection from the latest strains of influenza for the entire flu season, which starts in October and runs as late as May (depending partly, of course, on how many people get their flue shots). You might even get a sticker or a lollipop or something if you're very good.

8. There's no app for that. You can tweet about the flu shot, pin ideas of creative ways to get a flu shot, or give a status update about your flu shot joy, but the flu vaccine is one of the few things that you cannot get online these days. You actually have to bring your living, human body in the office to see one of our living, human bodies. It's called "social interaction," and it's about as good for you as the flu shot is. Form interactions come relationships, and relationships are what make the world go 'round. Imagine feeling like your doctor actually cares about you... which leads us to our next reason:

9. Because we love you. We do. We want you to take care of yourself and your loved ones, and the flu shot is a great way to do that. Plus, we just love to see your bright smiling face come though those doors. 

10.  Because you love us. We're friendly, happy to see you, and ready to help. We make your flu shot fast and simple. What's not to love? You probably also love some of the people around you. (They're not called your "loved ones" for nothing). Getting your shot gives them that much less chance of getting the flu, and you're also modeling great behavior. Be the flu change you want to see in the flu world. Show your love; get your shot.

 


1http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

2http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

3http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

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