Flu season is here!

Why should I get a flu shot
  1. Protect yourself - Your chance of getting the flu—which globally claims up to 500,000 lives each year—are greatly reduced by getting the flu shot. And even if you do get sick, serious complications are far less likely.

  2. Protect those around you - Did you know you could spread it to others even if you never show a symptom? 20-30% of carriers never get sick themselves. So even if you’re not afraid of getting the flu yourself, get a shot for your spouse, your kids, your coworkers, or even the kid who bags your groceries.

  3. But what if the shot gives me the flu? - The most stubborn myth about the flu shot is that it causes the flu. This is neither true nor possible. People who get sick after getting the shot were already exposed, or got exposed during the two weeks it takes for your immunity to build up.

  4. What if I wait too long? - The CDC recommends getting your shot in October, but getting it any time during the flu season will provide you with more protection than you’ll have without it.

  5. Are there any exceptions? What if I’m pregnant? - The latest recommendations from the CDC are that the only people who shouldn’t get a flu shot are:
  • Children under 6 months
  • People who had a past, serious reaction.
  1. Ok, I’m convinced. Where do I go? - Flu shots are free to anyone enrolled in a health plan, and widely available: from pharmacies, to doctor’s offices, to grocery stores. If you’re a Bright Health member and you’d like our help finding a convenient location, we’d love to help.

    Give us a call at: 855-827-4448 or visit our website: https://brighthealthplan.com/contact-us for more information.

    Here’s to a healthy, flu-free winter!

Sources:

Harvard Health website: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and- conditions/10-flu-myths

CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm

WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20181210/almost-half-of-us-adults-to-skip-flu-shot#1

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/flu-shot-pros-and-cons

Author: Stephanie Sample

October 4, 2019