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You can usually expect to recover from your cold after a week, but a flu typically last longer. Because flu symptoms and related complications are more serious, it is important to protect yourself. Let’s take a look at why you need to take a flu shot and who are the types of people that are at risk.

  1. Compared to the common cold, the flu is considerably more severe and can result in health complications.

  2. As the flu virus mutates every year, the vaccine is updated accordingly. To ensure optimal protection, it is recommended to receive the flu vaccine annually.

  3. Some individuals are not adequately equipped to combat the flu, making it essential to avoid transmitting the virus to loved ones by getting vaccinated.
  4. Obtaining a flu shot is a simple process and can be done easily by visiting a nearby pharmacy.
The flu can affect anyone, even individuals who are considered healthy. In fact, approximately 5-20% of adults contract the virus each year. However, certain individuals are more vulnerable to flu-related complications, including:
  1. Individuals aged 65 years and above, as well as children under the age of 5.
  2. Pregnant women and those intending to conceive.
  3. Residents of long-term care facilities.
  4. People with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes.