With fall and winter seasons come holidays, snow angels, furry hats and the flu. Many moms debate year after year whether or not the pros outweigh the cons when it comes getting their families the flu vaccination. Some people live by the flu shot and it’s a must have at the start of fall and other people live by NEVER getting a flu shot even when the cold months begin. Everyone over the age of 6 months should have a flu shot, reports the CDC, unless you have an allergy. Here are 5 pros and cons to help decide if the flu shot is right for you and your family:
1. The flu shot this year offers 3 times the protection.
2. It’s usually free. Many employers with certain health plans offer free flu vaccinations.
3. You don’t have to get a “shot.” This is not always the case. People with asthma are not eligible for the nasal mist option.
4. It may not be safe if you have an allergy. Chicken eggs are where the vaccine is “baked.”
5. There can be symptoms. A percentage of people have symptoms ranging from soreness at injection area to a low-grade fever.
What do you think? Flu vaccine or no flu vaccine?