The call gets a little louder every year. The weather turns cold and we're all reminded to get a flu shot—from our doctors, the television and those overeager coworkers who swear by them. Each year a new, targeted vaccine is made to protect against the strains that experts predict will be the most common in the coming flu season. It doesn’t guarantee complete immunity, but it's the best defense against the virus and will result in much milder symptoms if you do get sick. While it's easier than ever to get a flu shot, more than half of American men still don't. After all, when you're young, healthy and male, the flu isn't a big concern, right? But if you work in a large office, take public transportation or find yourself setting your phone on random tables when out, you should definitely consider getting a flu shot. And here's why.
You Won't Get Sick from It
We've all heard the horror stories from people claiming to have gotten sick from the shot, but the fact is you cannot get the flu from the shot or the nasal spray. But it does take up to two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus. So if you're infected during that time, you might think you got it from the vaccine. Which is why it's better to get vaccinated in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.