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.
Hello, March! For many people, this is when cabin fever is at its height and you start counting down the days for spring break if the kids go to school. Or, at least, you begin to envision the end of the tunnel for the string of ailments associated with winter to go down.
Yet, flu season is going strong. Thankfully, there is still time to be protected.
As always, you need to discuss personal health decisions with your health care providers.
Protection During the Flu Season
Last year, I had the flu hit during the holidays.
Spending 3 days in bed with all the typical symptoms and not having the energy to care for my family was hard.
I missed days of work at a job that offered no sick time, so there was lost income. And a high fever for 3 days meant not having the desire to even do things like read a book or watch a show.
I had done all the simple things to avoid becoming sick. I used good hygiene. I ate balanced meals and got adequate sleep. I kept my distance from anyone exhibiting symptoms while on the floor in a retail environment.
The one thing I did not do was to get the flu shot.
When the boys were younger (babies and toddlers), I got my flu shot, as I wanted to do everything I could to avoid being sick. But, since they were older and able to do more without my help, I skipped. Life was busy and I didn’t make it a priority.
Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Why Consider Getting the Flu Shot?
Did you know that adults 50 years of age and older are more likely to have one or more chronic health conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, and cancer?
Add the flu to the mix and those chronic health conditions can worsen.
How? By triggering severe inflammatory responses, which are associated with direct and indirect effects on the body.
Now that I am approaching 50 years of age, I am thinking more critically about the decision to skip getting the flu shot each year. And I need to consider having my boys get the shot as well since it can help prevent spreading flu to the people around you. Namely me.
If you or someone you love is 50 years of age and older, go to the American Lung Association’s GetMyShot.org to learn more and speak with your healthcare provider about flu vaccine options that may be right for you.
Not sure where to go for a flu shot? Use the Vaccine Finder on GetMyShot.org.