With children home from school and people taking time off from work, holidays are a time for families to do things together. How about getting your flu shots? That may not be the first thing that you thought of doing, but think about it.
Vaccine is available, and available to everyone. We first limited the product to certain priority groups, but now the H1N1 vaccine is in good supply, more is being shipped every week, and it should be easy to find a provider where you can get it. Physician offices, county health departments, and some retail pharmacies are providing it now.
You need it. Although most of the priority groups have been covered, children, adults, and the elderly not in priority groups have not been covered until now, so it is your turn. The virus is still circulating in the US, and many more people will still get the flu this year, so now is a good time to protect yourself.
There is no charge for the vaccine. Some providers may charge a small fee to give it, but the vaccine itself is free to the patient. Think of it as insurance or an investment; you are getting future protection against risk.
You have time now. It is hard to take time off from school or work to get an immunization, but during vacation you don’t have to worry about that. Pack up the kids and grandparents and get everyone immunized. That would be a good way to start the new year off right, by improving your health.