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Don’t Let The Flu Get You Down
Anyone who has chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are at a higher risk of complications of the flu. The flu vaccine can help protect you and your loved ones from getting the flu. While the flu vaccine doesn’t remove all risks involved with contracting the flu, it can help minimize the symptoms and does help your body build up immunities to specific strains of the flu.
Having a loved one who has a chronic disease can make you worry about them more during flu season. With that being said, you can discuss the pros of having them get their annual flu vaccine at a location near them. It’s important to have this discussion with your loved ones who suffer from chronic health conditions so that they understand why the flu vaccine can help protect them.
The flu vaccine is beneficial for those with chronic health conditions as the flu can make chronic health conditions worse and can lead to further complications in adults 50 years of age and older. It takes about two weeks for your body to build up the antibodies for the flu, this is why it’s highly recommended you get the flu shot in the fall season.
If you or your loved ones are 50 years of age and older and haven’t received your annual flu vaccine, now is the time. The flu is constantly changing, and the flu vaccine is changed annually to best help your body ward off infection from the flu strains circulating in that flu season. When you and your loved ones who suffer from chronic health conditions opt to get the flu shot, you’re lowering the risk of having to deal with some major symptoms that the flu can create when you’re already suffering from chronic health issues.
If you or your loved one is 50 years of age and older and suffers from chronic health conditions, it’s important to discuss the flu vaccine with your health care provider. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which flu vaccine is right for you.