Should I Get a Flu Shot?

“Stuffy Nose” asks: Thank you for starting this blog! It has given me a lot of great information, and I love to read it. My question is this: I have been sick with a cold for almost two weeks. Is this normal? Do flu shots really help to prevent you from being sick? I have been considering getting one for a while. Should I get one while I am sick with a cold, though? I am worried that getting a flu shot will make me sicker. I’m not sure what to do. Can you help me, Ask Physicians?

Hello, Stuffy Nose. Thank you for all of the kind words. We are glad that you like our blog and that we can help patients to learn all of the necessary health information they need to know. We are happy to provide helpful information to all patients.

First of all, you should see a physician for any specific information about your situation. Having a cold for almost two weeks is annoying, but it is common. While flu shots can present complications for some people, this is a very small percentage of people. For the majority of people, flu shots are very helpful in preventing seasonal illnesses. See your doctor to get more specific advice.

You can prevent colds and sickness by making a few lifestyle changes. You can start by consuming more vitamins, particularly vitamin C. This will help to boost your immune system. You can also make sure you wash your hands several times a day and use hand sanitizer. If you are sick, you can contribute to a healthier environment by always covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

There is also something to be said for having a positive attitude and believing you won’t get sick. Studies have shown that people who have positive attitudes get sick less often.