This post is made possible by the American Lung Association, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It’s time to welcome in a most warm and wonderful holiday season and the best way to make it a happy and healthy one is to help protect yourself as much as possible against sicknesses like the dreaded influenza (flu). I especially encourage those of you 50 years of age and older (or with loved ones who are) to get your annual flu shot!
The American Lung Association’s MyShot campaign, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, aims to help educate those of us in the 50+ age range about the potential flu dangers and the importance of protecting your health.
Even though I’m 50, I don’t feel it and I enjoy a busy, active lifestyle, but after listening to JoJo in the below quick video… I’m convinced more than ever to just stay on the safe side and do everything I possibly can to remain healthy. That includes getting an annual flu shot.
Once adults reach the age of 50, they’re more likely to have one or more chronic health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Combined with the flu, those chronic health conditions can worsen and cause serious illness and can increase risk of heart attack, stroke or pneumonia.
When should you get your annual flu shot?
The ideal time to get a flu shot is in the fall and winter, as it takes about two weeks for the antibodies to fully develop in the body and help provide flu protection.
Each year brings with it new flu strains and your body’s immune response decreases over time, so you need the new flu shot formulation in order to most effectively fight against currently circulating viruses.
Even if you do happen to get the flu after getting a flu shot, the vaccination may lessen the severity of your symptoms and help you avoid complications and/or hospitalization.
If you or a loved one is 50 years of age or older, visit GetMyShot.org to learn more about the importance of getting your annual flu shot and talk to your healthcare provider about the best flu vaccine options for you.
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