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October 12, 2021

Why it’s Crucial to Get Your Flu Shot in 2021

Why it’s Crucial to Get Your Flu Shot in 2021

The last few years have taught us a lot of lessons. One major lesson is the importance of maintaining good health for yourself, your family and those around you. That is why it is extremely important to get your flu shot this year.

“Many experts believe this year's influenza season will be much worse than last year,” said IU Health Arnett infectious disease physician, Thomas Meyer, MD.

"Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalizations and death," he added.

What is the flu?

Influenza – or the flu – is a contagious and potentially serious respiratory illnesses that can lead to serious complications. The widespread disease shares several of the same symptoms as COVID-19, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

While both diseases share similarities, change in or loss of taste or smell is a symptom unique to COVID-19. If this overlapping list of symptoms is worrisome to you, remember a key differentiator is that there is a vaccine to protect you from the flu.

Getting a flu shot may not make you completely immune from getting sick, but it can significantly lessen the severity of your symptoms. This reduces the likelihood of needing to take a trip to the hospital, allowing healthcare systems to conserve resources.

The timing of the flu is difficult to predict and can vary from season to season. Reduced population immunity due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season. View the CDC’s frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 – 2022 flu season.

Schedule a Flu Shot Today

Protect yourself and others during flu season by getting your annual vaccination at one of our many IU Health locations.

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