Do you really want to risk the flu now?
In this year of the COVID-19 social circle collapse, our lives have all focused on what is essential, almost to the exclusion of everything else: gatherings; events; friends; even family. This summer of 2020, our back yard garden was our sanctuary, pride, joy and the only place where we received others, carefully screened, masked, socially-distanced, and two per occasion. Now it is autumn. The garden has gone away for the year, and we’ve moved inside.
Andrea and I also got our flu shot as soon as we could in October. In this year, more than any other, does anyone really want to risk getting the flu? Of all the autumn and winter seasons that you don’t want to risk getting sick or ending up in the hospital, this is that year!
One the most frequently-read articles on my old MPP web site was always my annual post on getting the flu shot. Click or touch here to read it. I had never had the flu shot prior to being first elected in 2003. Over the years, I saw what a difference getting the flu shot makes. I get my own flu shot each autumn as soon as it is available. This year once again, the pharmacist at Rexall at Thomas Street and Winston Churchill administered our flu shot.
The annual winter surge in hospital admissions is almost completely driven by influenza cases. The peak time for the flu to lay waste to your health is from December to March. You can reduce your risk to almost zero with a free flu shot.
The flu shot works in preventing the seasonal flu! But…
- You need to be healthy when you get your flu shot. As early in autumn as you can, and while you are healthy, get the flu shot;
- The flu shot requires some time, in most people a week or two, before your immune system benefits from it. Get your flu shot early;
- You need the flu shot each and every year. Getting the flu shot sporadically through a decade isn’t the powerful protection that an annual flu shot offers;
- Make sure each and every person in your household, especially children and seniors, get the flu shot.
Don’t put off the flu shot, especially this year. Go into nearly any pharmacy, and ask for your flu shot. It is free. All you need is your OHIP card.