Let’s be blunt. Contrary to the beliefs of your weird Uncle Marty, certain fringe corners of the interwebs, and outspoken celebrities (our lawyers told us not to name the celebrities but we’re talking about a Playboy model and a wife of a smoking Bears QB), vaccines are completely safe and absolutely essential to the overall health and well-being of a community.
The easiest thing you can do to keep not only yourself healthier every winter, but also your family, friends, co-workers, and jeez, pretty much everyone else you ride the Red and Brown Line with everyday, is to get an annual flu vaccine every October. Hmm, and guess who has flu shots available at very affordable prices? (Spoiler alert: us.)
Everyone should get a flu vaccine, unless you know for a fact you’re allergic to them, you have Guillain-Barre Syndrome (if you have to ask, you ain’t got it), or those who are already sick with the flu. You should get them ideally every October, but bare minimum at some point before or during flu season, typically November through March. “Waaah, but every time I get the flu shot, I get the flu!” BZZZT. Wrong. This is scientifically impossible – the flu shot is an inert virus that cannot come back to life. Chances are you were already exposed to it and well on your way to a full-blown contraction. Plus, the shot takes a good 2 weeks to build immunity in your system, so better you get one sooner rather than later.
No flu vaccine is 100% effective, but even 80% effective beats three to five days of high fever, hacking coughs, and achy body aches. No more “but, this one time, when I got…” All these excuses, and we’ll start to think you’re actually just scared of shots period, tough guy.