With summer officially behind us, now is the perfect time to get your flu shot so you are protected for the holidays and beyond! Symptoms of influenza are debilitating and painful, neither of which are synonymous with the most wonderful time of the year. If you are unsure whether you need the flu shot, perhaps it would be pertinent to discuss the many symptoms of the flu and just how easy it spreads.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Headache, muscle aches and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

As if these symptoms weren’t bad enough, influenza puts people at even higher risks if they suffer from other illnesses such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, morbid obesity, anemia, HIV, and more. Protecting yourself and those around you should be a priority this holiday season.

Though perhaps scarier than the symptoms of influenza is just how quickly and easily the illness can spread. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are over 3 million cases of the flu every year. It can spread in various ways by those already afflicted, mostly through the transmission of germs. 

These ways include:

  • Coughs
  • Sneezes
  • Skin-to-skin contact (hugs and handshakes)
  • Saliva (kissing or shared drinks)
  • Touching contaminated surfaces (doorknobs, hand railings, etc.)

Thankfully, with diligence and healthy habits, you can reduce your risk of contracting the flu. We suggest always washing your hands thoroughly and often, especially after contact with people and public spaces. Try to always keep a healthy distance from those who are sick or are starting to exhibit symptoms. And of course, get your flu shot! 

My Doc Urgent Care, located in Garfield, New Jersey, is currently offering flu shots for only $35 per shot! This is a wonderful deal and makes the decision of skipping out even sillier. Get vaccinated today to help ensure you have a healthy and happy holiday season!