This post is made possible by the American Lung Association, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Summertime fun is over. Kids are back to the daily grind of school. Leaves are changing and falling. Temperatures are dropping which means more time inside. And, with the coming of fall, we have to start preparing for flu season.
As I shared last February, I had several years where I skipped getting the flu shot. I had boys old enough to help with the younger ones if I did get sick. Or, I just made due knowing the messes would wait for me.
But, now that I am 50 and experiencing some of my own health issues, that decision has been changed.
Aside from not enjoying being laid up in bed unable to do a thing for days, I do not want the complications which can arise from the flu.
The American Lung Association has launched the MyShot campaign, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, to help educate adults 50 years of age and older about the potential dangers of the flu and the importance of getting an annual flu shot.
Why The Flu Shot for People ages 50+?
Previous flu seasons saw high flu-related hospitalization rates for adults 50-64, second only to adults 65 years of age and older.
Preventing the flu lowers the risk of stroke and pneumonia in adults 65 years of age and older.
70 percent of adults ages 50 to 64 have one or more chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases, and diabetes. Getting the flu can make these chronic health conditions worse.
Why Get the Flu Shot Now Instead of Later?
It takes about two weeks after you receive a flu shot for antibodies to develop in the body and help provide protection against the flu. Getting the shot now instead of waiting for winter means your body is more prepared.
How I Am Preparing for Flu Season
I have a full schedule planned for the fall and beyond. There are so many things I want to be doing and being sick for days, weeks, or months is not in the plan. No one wants to be traveling while sick or missing a trip altogether because of an illness.
Our family will still be following all the good habits recommended to minimize the likelihood of getting the flu or spreading it. Covering your cough with your inner elbow, washing your hands often and staying home when you are sick to help prevent the spread of germs are just “common sense” things for us.
But, with my own chronic illnesses taking hold leading to a compromised immune system, getting the flu shot is joining the mix.
Plus, I know that I can help protect other people in my life who are 50 years of age and older. My mother has given up so many outings over the past few years as she can’t risk getting sick. For her, a mild illness can quickly lead to more advanced problems like pneumonia. Having family members vaccinated for things like the flu decreases the likelihood of becoming ill and allowing for family time.
Not sure where to go for a flu shot? Use the Vaccine Finder on GetMyShot.org.
Now I can get back to planning my next adventure.
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