As a mom, I understand the importance of being present for my children's milestones and adventures. Whether it's attending a birthday party or going on a family vacation, I don't want anything to stop us from making unforgettable memories. That's why I always make sure to safeguard our health by getting an annual flu shot.
The flu is not just a simple cold. It can be a severe illness that can lead to complications, hospitalizations, and even death, especially for high-risk people. According to studies, up to 5 million people fall severely ill because of the flu, and every year, up to 650,000 people are at risk of dying globally because of influenza-associated respiratory diseases. As a mom, I cannot afford to take that risk with my family's health.
Getting an annual flu shot is essential in protecting ourselves from the flu virus. The vaccine helps our immune system provide optimal protection against the flu, enabling us to live our lives to the fullest. This is particularly important for children as young as six months and older adults who are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu.
I was able to ask a question during the Zoom event we had.
Me: The flu has always been around, why is getting a vaccine now costlier?
Dr. Jing: We’re not just emphasizing getting the flu but the other risks as well like those people around us who are more vulnerable. Look at the totality of it, getting the flu which might result in hospitalization and other non-medical results. My advice is to look at the protection of ourselves and other people, especially your loved ones. Look at the bigger picture of being vaccinated.
It's important to note that flu vaccine protection declines over time due to the constant changing of the flu virus strain. This is why it's crucial to get a flu shot every year, as the vaccine is annually reviewed and produced to ensure optimal protection against the current flu virus.
In the Philippines, influenza viruses circulate year-round, with increased activity seen from June to November. That's why it's best to get vaccinated as early as you can before the flu season starts. By doing so, you can enjoy an #Unstoppable2023 by safeguarding your health from the flu and other infectious diseases. Don't let the flu stop you from being present for the things that matter most to you and your family. Get your flu shot today and have a great year ahead!