October 2015 - Health and Wellness News
5 Reasons To Get Your Flu Shot TODAY!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu shot, but recent statistics show that only about half of Americans get vaccinated against the flu each year. What many Americans may not realize is that the flu shot is now easier to get than ever before.

If you're on the fence about whether to get a flu shot, listed below are just a few great reasons to consider making it a priority!

The Earlier, The Better
According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in your body and provide protection against the flu virus – so it's best to get vaccinated in early fall, before the flu season is in full swing.

The Flu Can Lead to More Illness
The flu is a beast of a virus, with effects that can last for over two weeks! But flu-related complications can also lead to ear infections, sinus infections - and more serious illness, like pneumonia.

Missed Work…and Maybe Paychecks
Each year, flu season results in millions of lost workdays. Those who wait to get a flu shot risk exposure that can lead to significant unpaid time off of work. Taking a moment to get vaccinated may save you money!

Affordable and Convenient
With the flu shot now offered by most pharmacies and major retailers, long lines and future appointments are a thing of the past. In many cases, you can even get vaccinated for free!

Even More Effective
Last year's vaccine was only 13% effective against the predominant flu strain, but the CDC has said that this year's vaccine should be a much better match - reducing the odds of getting the flu by as much as 60%!
    Live Healthy. Live Smart.

    For most, health insurance plans cover the cost of preventative services like flu vaccination - but not having insurance shouldn't keep you from protecting yourself and your family against the flu.

    Whether you're insured or uninsured, if you're faced with flu shot-related costs, FamilyWize can help. Check out the FamilyWize Free Flu Shot calendar for a flu shot event near you!
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