Should I Get the Seasonal Flu Shot?

Should I Get the Seasonal Flu Shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a seasonal flu shot. A seasonal flu shot not only protects you from a serious disease that may lead to hospitalization, it can also help your body build infection-fighting antibodies and protect your heart. This is especially true for those with pre-existing, chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. When you combine the flu virus with a pre-existing or chronic illness, your already taxed immune system may not be able to fight the flu virus on its own.

Still not convinced?

5 reasons why you should get the seasonal flu shot

  • You can spread the flu to other people, even if you don’t get sick.
    Young, healthy people may carry the influenza virus without ever experiencing any signs or symptoms, but it’s still contagious.
  • You can protect a child under 6 months.
    Babies younger than 6 months are much more susceptible to the influenza virus than adults. Unfortunately, they cannot get a flu shot; but you can help keep them safe by getting yourself vaccinated.
  • Your smartphone can give you the flu.
    Viruses can easily cling to hard, plastic surfaces, like your smartphone as well as the tables, chairs and counters you set it on.
  • The seasonal flu shot cannot give you the flu.
    This is a myth, the flu vaccine does not contain live flu virus.
  • It might spare you a heart attack.
    Influenza causes inflammation throughout your body, which can cause arterial plaque to dislodge and form a blood clot.

If you haven’t received your seasonal flu shot yet, there is still time! For flu shots in Pomona Valley, visit Pomona Valley Health Centers and protect yourself (and those you may come in contact with) from this severe flu season.

Healthy Aging Month: Ways to Stay Healthy as You Age

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Many don’t realize that the aging process doesn’t mean your health has to suffer. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, check out these tips to help you stay healthy as you age.

A well-rounded exercise routine will help you stay healthy and injury-free

There’s no way around it: in order to age your best, you need to exercise regularly. The ideal exercise routine includes a combination of aerobic work, strength training and flexibility. By keeping your muscles strong and flexible, you’re protecting against falls by bolstering your balance and ability to react. And if you do fall, having strong, limber muscles will better protect your body against injury. Additionally, exercise helps improve:

  • Body-fat levels
  • Heart health
  • Cognitive functioning

The flu is a greater threat now that you’re older — be proactive by getting vaccinated

As you age, your body’s ability to fight disease declines, and what was relatively minor when you were younger can be life-threatening when you’re older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% to 90% of recent flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Getting a flu shot every year will prompt your body to develop immunity to each year’s flu. Additionally, it will also reduce the amount of flu virus present in the total population, which helps protect those unable to receive vaccinations through.

Stay social to keep yourself feeling young

A healthy social life will help you maintain a positive mood and keep your mind sharp. Try to make an effort to invite friends out for coffee or lunch on a regular basis. Also, getting involved with a volunteer program can be a great way to help others while meeting new people.

You need just as much sleep now as when you were younger

Contrary to popular belief, older adults need just as much sleep as younger adults: 7 to 9 hours per night, depending on the individual. Unfortunately, health problems and life interruptions can interfere with our ability to sleep well as we age. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, avoid eating, drinking and looking at screens right before going to bed. And if you still struggle with sleep after making the appropriate lifestyle changes, you may have a sleep disorder that requires a doctor’s care.

Incorporate these tips into your routine to keep yourself feeling strong and energetic in your later years. For more information about staying healthy as you age, call (888) 686-0773 to schedule an appointment with the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers.