This post is made possible by the American Lung Association, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As moms, most of us don’t think twice about getting our kids vaccinated with the flu shot. But how many of us moms are putting our self as a priority to get the vaccination? C’mon moms, time to ‘fess up. I know I’m guilty of it myself. Every winter season that rolls around, I take my kids in to get their flu shot and I know I should be getting my vaccine as well.
While driving around town, I often see CVS Pharmacy with ‘Get your flu shot’ out on their store billboard. In-store at Walmart or Walgreens signs tell me I can get the flu shot right there, right now. Urgent cares, Minute clinics…they are telling me to get my flu shot. As a mom nearing age 50, I know that I should get my vaccination. I have kids that need me to stay healthy. Making my health a priority, is a must!
WHAT IS THE FLU?
Here are some important facts to understand. Influenza, or the flu, is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. So even if you’re not worried about yourself, it’s important to remember – getting a flu shot can help prevent spreading flu to the people around you. The flu can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening health problems such as pneumonia, exacerbation of heart disease and even death.
WHO’S AT RISK
While anyone can get the flu, certain groups are at increased risk of flu-related infection and complications, including young children, pregnant women, and adults 50 years of age and older. In fact, by the time you reach 50 years of age, you are more likely to have a one or more chronic health conditions, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes and cancer. Multiple studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack and stroke following a flu infection.
Listen to Lisa’s story of how she has diabetes and then got the flu. She ended up in the hospital with a serious illness. She is lucky to be here, she says, as many don’t survive what she went through.
For people living with asthma and diabetes, the flu can be particularly dangerous – as Lisa knows all too well. Every year, Lisa gets her flu shot. But last year she waited until later in the flu season to get vaccinated. Too late, it turns out.
It’s important, and it’s worth talking with your doctor about flu shot options that may be right for you. To find out where vaccines are available in your area, check out the Vaccine Finder on the American Lung Association’s GetMyShot.org.