At Men’s Vitality Center, we believe that getting a flu shot is a personal responsibility. You owe it to yourself, your friends, and the public at large to take preventative measures against spreading the flu. However, if you’re like most people, then you probably don’t expect that you’ll get the flu. After all, you got a shot last year, right? Not quite.

While we use “the flu” as a singular term, the viruses in circulation change slightly each year. This means that it’s essential to get an up-to-date vaccination before the beginning of flu season, which can start as early as October and last until as late as May.

You may be thinking, “I never get the flu! I have a great immune system and I take care of myself.” Unfortunately, because influenza is different each year, the flu that you avoided last year isn’t the same flu that will be going around this year. Moreover, even healthy people can catch the flu! There’s no way to be certain that your immune system will be able to fight this year’s influenza strains without assistance.

How Do Flu Vaccines Work?

Flu shots are designed to protect against the influenza viruses that researchers indicate will be the most common during the upcoming flu season. Flu shots take less than 30 seconds to administer, and the vaccination process within the body begins almost instantaneously. After the shot has been administered, your body begins to develop antibodies that provide protection and help your immune system fight off the flu.

Common Flu Shot Concerns

I’m still not convinced that I should get a flu shot.

We highly recommend that you not take the chance of catching the flu and spreading it to your coworkers, loved ones, and the greater public. Your health is your responsibility, and you don’t want to take the risk of passing the virus to vulnerable groups who could be severely harmed. The following groups have a higher risk of severe complications:

  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Children under the age of 2
  • Asthmatics
  • Diabetics
  • Cancer patients
  • Pregnant women

When is the best time to get the flu vaccine?

It’s important to get your flu shot soon after the vaccine becomes available, normally by October, even though flu season usually doesn’t peak until around January. The primary reason why is that it takes at least two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after the vaccine has been administered. It’s smarter to be protected before the influenza virus begins to spread within your community.

Get a Flu Shot In Tucson

At Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson, we want you to consider the fact that by getting a flu shot, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you’re also helping to protect your community.

Walk in for an appointment, fill out the form below, or give us a call and we’ll gladly help you get vaccinated.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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