Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, especially among children. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent infection and its complications. The vaccine significantly reduces the complications resulting from catching the Flu, and it is preferable to receive the shot after the end of October.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting vaccinated against the seasonal Flu. Especially for the following groups: pregnant women, elderly people, children, those with weak immune, chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, HIV or AIDS, kidney or liver diseases and obesity.


Since Flu viruses develop rapidly, the shot you received last year may not protect you from this year’s viruses. Therefore, new flu shots are introduced each year to keep up with the rapidly adapting influenza viruses.


When you get the shot, your immune system produces antibodies to protect you from infecting viruses, but antibody levels may drop over time, which is another reason to get a flu shot every year.