Will you get a flu shot this fall?
I almost always write my editorials and blogs from home early before heading to the office each morning. I had to remember to be at work by 9:30 today, however, because that’s when I was scheduled to get my flu shot
For about five years, I’ve been getting a flu shot each fall. I know not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Some fear needles or reactions to the vaccine, which actually works by putting into the bloodstream those parts of three strains of flu virus that the body uses to create antibodies.
Still, the flu vaccine is widely considered the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its potentially severe complications.
Reports suggest that tens of thousands of Americans die in a typical winter flu season, but the numbers vary widely from year to year. Most Americans who die from complications are 65 and older.
Advocates advise the elderly and care-givers to get flu shots.
I’m only 54, but it seems that the coughing and sneezing season has already begun at work. The Gazette’s health insurance covered the typical $20 out-of-pocket cost of my shot. That’s because as our out-of-pocket shares of premiums have escalated in recent years, our health plan’s preventive care benefit has also expanded and now has no annual limit.
Do you go for an annual flu shot? Where and at what cost? If you have health insurance, does it cover the flu shot?