3 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot This Fall

reasons to get a flu shot

As cooler weather begins to move in, many people are beginning to consider getting their annual flu shot to help them stay healthy and flu-free all year long. But if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should get a flu shot this fall, consider these top three reasons why you might want to talk to your pharmacist or other health professional about getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

1. Flu Shots Are Safe

One of the biggest myths surrounding the flu vaccination that healthcare providers often hear is that it’s possible to actually catch the virus from the vaccination. This, however, is not accurate at all. In fact, the flu vaccine is comprised of an inactivated version of the virus that can’t be transmitted.

It is impossible to contract the flu virus from the flu vaccination.

Keep in mind that getting a flu shot decreases your chances of contracting the virus by up to 60 percent, but it is still possible to get the flu even after you’ve been vaccinated (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Studies have shown, however, that the flu vaccination may also lower the severity and duration of the virus should you still get it.

2. Flu Shots Protect You and Those Around You

Even if you are a relatively healthy person with few risk factors, getting the flu shot can not only help to prevent you from getting sick, but it can also decrease the likelihood that you will spread the illness to others who may be more susceptible, such as children, seniors, and pregnant women.

3. Getting a Flu Shot Is Convenient

As the many benefits of yearly flu shots become much more well-known, their convenience  continues to increase as well. Pharmacists in all 50 states are now approved to administer flu shots, and a growing number of doctor’s offices and health clinics are also available to provide flu vaccinations.

The Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation will be hosting several free flu vaccination clinics at the food bank on September 20th and October 4th, and at Transfiguration Church on October 1st.  Flu shots will be provided by a certified pharmacist who will be onsite on those dates. For more information, please feel free to contact us online or by phone at (724) 294-3157.

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10
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2019
6:00 pm Medicare 101 @ Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation
Medicare 101 @ Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Need help navigating through the Medicare maze?  Want a better idea of what it is and how it works? Whether you’re new to Medicare, or simply looking for a different plan that meets your needs, attend a free Medicare Educational Workshop to get answers to all your
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2019
8:30 am 10th Annual Sporting Clay Event @ Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA
10th Annual Sporting Clay Event @ Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am
The Foundation’s 10th Annual Sporting Clay Event will be held on Friday, September 27th with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA.  Shooting begins promptly at 10 a.m.  Lunch is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.  $125 Registration fee per person, $500 for a team of
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6:30 pm AKH Foundation’s 14th Annual Win... @ River Forest Country Club
AKH Foundation’s 14th Annual Win... @ River Forest Country Club
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm
Sip, Sip Hooray!  Join us for a fun-filled evening at the AKH Foundation’s 14th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner, which will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019 at River Forest Country Club Please RSVP to this event by calling the Foundation at (724) 294-3157.