Flu Shots: The Pros And Cons Of The Vaccine

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It’s flu season, the time of year when sneezes, coughs and fevers seem almost inevitable.

One of the ways you can try to avoid catching the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. Some doctors insist that flu shots are a great way to avoid the most common flu strains, and many people swear by them.

Others believe that flu shots are unnecessary and can actually cause you to get the flu more easily.

If you are having a hard time deciding whether or not you should get a flu shot, consider the pros and cons before you make your decision.

Effectiveness

Pro: Flu shots can be very effective at protecting against several strains of flu viruses.

Con: Flu shots can’t protect you against every strain of flu virus and you could still end up getting the flu in spite of getting the shot.

Side Effects

Con: Some people experience side effects after getting a flu shot. These can range from a mild fever and flu-like symptoms to contracting the flu from the vaccine.

Pro: Most people who get a flu shot do not suffer from any side effects.

Accessibility

Pro: Flu shots are easy to get and if you don’t want to make an appointment with your doctor for one, you will likely be able to get one at a local pharmacy. The vaccine is administered quickly and you can even get one on your lunch break.

Cons: Some types of insurance will not cover flu shots or flu shots from certain clinics or pharmacies. Check with your health insurance company to see what types of vaccines are covered under your policy.

Do you think flu shots are worth getting?