What are the benefits of flu vaccination?: Three Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot in 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone above the age of 6 months gets a yearly flu shot. It is more important than ever to get your flu shot this year.

This year and in the months to come, it is more important than ever to get your flu shot and to ensure that your loved ones take all precautions to stay safe.

2020 has been a strange year! And as we work to overcome this global pandemic - going through what many experts say is the worst of it - we must all do our part to take care of ourselves and each other.

It is important that we take advantage of all the resources available to us to make sure we are signed up for a comprehensive health insurance plan.

We must also do our best to follow all CDC guidelines on how to avoid contracting and spreading the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot.

That being said, here are three reasons to get your flu shot this year.

  1. With Marketplace health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan's network. Immunization vaccines are a covered preventive care benefit.

  2. While babies, children, and older people are most vulnerable, no one is immune from the flu.

  3. Getting vaccinated is more important than ever. Getting the shot helps reduce illness and preserve health care resources as the country battles the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine doesn’t increase the risk of getting COVID-19. When you get your shot, try your best to maintain social distancing, avoid waiting areas, and always wear a mask.

Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2020-2021

How effective is the flu shot 2020?

CDC's influenza vaccination coverage reports show that overall flu vaccination coverage (among people 6 months and older) during 2019-2020 increased from the previous season to nearly 52%.

How long does the flu shot last 2020?

The effects of the vaccine generally only last through one flu season, which is about six months long. That's part of the reason you need one every year. Starting two weeks after you get a flu shot, you should be protected from certain influenza viruses for the remainder of that flu season.

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

The answer? No, it's not too late. “In the northern hemisphere, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated between early September and late October. The flu virus is around all year, but it spreads more easily from September through the spring, generally peaking between December and February.”

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