October brings many wonderful things. Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin spice, Halloween and flu season! BOO!
It’s time to get your annual influenza vaccine. About 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the United States las year. So why haven’t you gotten yours yet?
There are a lot of misconceptions about the flu shot. According to Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, “Flu vaccinations save lives, that’s why it’s so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year.”
But many Americans ignore his advice. If you’re on the fence about getting a flu shot this year, here are few arguments to help convince you to roll up your sleeve and “stick” it out for the cause.
One misconception is that vaccines are expensive, however; the flu shot is very affordable. On average, at your doctor’s office, the flu vaccine costs between $25-$40. Did you know, that most insurances will pay for a preventative vaccine at 100 percent? That means there’s no out-of-pocket cost to you for getting the vaccine.
If you don’t have insurance, our local health department will be happy to give you the vaccine at a reduced cost, or even free. Give them at call at (806) 293-1359 if you are in need of a flu shot and are unable to afford one.
The flu vaccine is available almost anywhere. Besides getting it administered at your doctor’s office or at the health department, you can now get your flu shot at your local pharmacy.
Getting your flu vaccine at the pharmacy also saves you money. As a courtesy to you, the pharmacy will file your insurance, administer the vaccine, and as an added bonus, you qualify for money-saving discounts.
Currently, United Pharmacy is offering you 10 percent off your next grocery purchase up to $100 just for getting a flu vaccine. CVS will give its patrons $5 off your next $25 purchase. Consider this a healthy choice for your wallet.
Still not convinced that you need a flu shot? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who have caught the flu virus are contagious one day before they start to feel sick and for up to seven days after. Nobody wants to be the dreaded spreader, but in reality… everybody gets the flu from somebody. Getting the flu shot will help protect you, your family, your friends and your co-workers.
Another common misconception is the idea that you can get the flu from the flu shot. The most noted side effects to the vaccine is some arm tenderness and perhaps some localized swelling. A very small percentage of people may run fever. Medical experts say that It’s not the flu but more than likely the body reacting to the vaccine.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the flu scare you this October. Get vaccinated and say BOO to the flu!
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Source : http://www.chron.com/news/article/Help-available-to-assist-with-cost-of-flu-shots-13305015.php