Asthma Specialists Explain The Benefits Of a Flu Shot During The Pandemic
More and more people are starting to get their coronavirus vaccine, which has made many hopeful that we will see the number of infections drop and that we can move back toward “normal,” with more people working in the office, kids going to school, eating out, and more. But there is still work to be done, and vaccination won’t remove the risk completely. We will all still need to practice social distancing, wear masks, wash our hands frequently, and take other precautions.
And while the coronavirus has certainly been the biggest health threat we have faced this year, it is certainly not the only one. Every year, the influenza virus makes millions of people sick. Not everyone feels miserable for a few days or a week before they get better. Some people actually die from the flu.
Why Is It Important To Get a Flu Shot
Just like with the COVID vaccine, the influenza vaccine is not foolproof. You aren’t going to be invincible to the flu if you get the flu shot. However, getting the shot will drastically reduce your risk of contracting the illness. If you do get the illness, the vaccine may also reduce the severity of the symptoms that you experience.
Reducing your risk of illness is about more than just protecting yourself from feeling bad. You could have a serious reaction to the flu that could lead to hospitalization. If that were to occur, you’d be at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus, as many patients become hospitalized. Even if you had no risk of exposure to COVID, it is still wise to reduce your risk of needing hospitalization since there are still so many COVID patients in need of care, and you should not put a strain on resources.
By getting the vaccine, you can reduce your risk and feel more assured. If you do develop symptoms, you can get medical attention sooner to rule out any risk of COVID. That’s especially important as allergy season rears its head and every sniffle will become suspect. See a San Tan allergy doctor in to get diagnosed for allergies so you can also rule those out or get them treated as necessary.
Where To Get a Flu Shot
You can get a flu shot at many locations. You can see your primary physician to get the shot, or you can even get it at a pharmacy of big box retailer. Many grocery stores and other retailers offer them in their pharmacy or “minute clinic” areas.
You can also get one at San Tan Allergy and Asthma clinics. Not only do we offer allergy testing and treatments for allergy relief, but we also offer the yearly flu shot for all who need it. We offer convenient appointments at our Gilbert, Phoenix, and Payson offices throughout the entire flu season. Call our offices now to schedule your appointment.
Strengthening The Immune System
Of course, in addition to protecting yourself against the flu by getting the annual vaccine, you can also protect yourself by strengthening your immune deficiency system. You can do this by practicing self-care like getting enough sleep each day, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and reducing stress. You can also do this by tending to other aspects of your health, such as by treating underlying conditions.
Contact Allergy & Asthma Experts For An Accurate Diagnosis Or Treatment In Arizona
Allergies can tax your immune system, leaving you vulnerable should you contract an illness. By getting your allergies properly diagnosed, you can make lifestyle changes and get appropriate treatment to both limit your exposure to allergens and to reduce the impact they have on your body. Call the allergy experts at San Tan Allergy and Asthma today to schedule your allergy test or to learn more about your options for allergy relief. We also see patients with asthma, and we offer both diagnosis and treatment for asthma.
Understanding how these conditions impact your body and getting them properly treated can bolster you against illness like the flu. It can also reduce your risk of developing severe symptoms if you do get sick. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Gilbert, Phoenix, or Payson office. We offer convenient appointment times, and we serve people throughout the entire Phoenix metro area.