The flu might just be the worst thing about the fall season. When you’re dead set on apple picking and enjoying the crisp, cool air, coming down with the flu puts an unwelcome damper on the otherwise cheery months. Flu symptoms are awful, and if you’ve ever had it, then you know the fever, shivers, sniffles, cough, and overall fatigue can take you out for weeks on end — removing you from Thanksgiving feasts, pumpkin patch visits, or even Christmas dinner if you’re not careful.[related]
The flu shot is a free, accessible, and relatively painless method of prevention against these severe symptoms; there’s no real good excuse for neglecting to get one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases an announcement every year around the start of fall advising everyone who has access to a flu shot to get one ASAP. As effective as certain immune-boosting foods might be, they’re nothing compared to the government-issued shot.
People have always had various hesitations about making the trip to get one. Rumors, suspicions, and general misconceptions about the whole experience have impacted people’s enthusiasm to become immune to a miserable and sometimes dangerous virus. We clear up all of the misconceptions you’ve heard and more in these 15 things you need to know before you get your flu shot.