It’s Flu Season: Shoot Your Shot

Brianna Cheatham

Multimedia Journalist


Winter weather is just around the corner, and along with it, the flu. With vaccines constantly updating, is it even necessary to get the flu shot once again? Every new year brings new modifications to the virus– even if it’s minor. This year you should shoot your shot at getting the influenza (flu) vaccine.

‘It’s just the flu…’ is a common thought of most people today. Many individuals skip the yearly shot due to not knowing the severity of the illness. It’s common to think that the flu is nothing more than a mere cold, however, in all actuality, the virus is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious hospitalization. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine annually.

A nurse from Wellspan Pediatric Medicine gives an 11-year-old girl her yearly flu shot. Photo by Brianna Cheatham

While some people who get vaccinated still get ill, many doctors say that it is proven that the shot softens the blow of the virus. It’s recommended to get the shot at the end of October or early November, that way you’re safe for the cold days and the holidays.

Young children are affected by the flu each year. According to NFID.Org, “an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to flu complications each year.” To help kids’ help in the future, getting the flu shot each year can help prevent hospitalization.

You can find that flu vaccines are offered in many medical facilities and health centers. The flu vaccine is accessible in many health departments such as pharmacies, urgent care, and clinics–even the traveling ones. Vaccines are also offered here at the Red Lion Senior High School or possibly at your workplace. 

Every year, everybody asks the million-dollar question, ‘Is this safe?’ Millions of people around the world and even around you daily have safely received flu vaccines for the past five decades. Don’t be afraid to fight off the spreading of illness  

To keep our community a little healthier and our school a little cleaner. Make sure you shoot your shot at getting the influenza vaccine this year…it’s just a little pinch!

Brianna Cheatham

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