Even though we’re a few months in, this year’s flu season is still going strong. In fact, it’s one of the worst we’ve seen in a while, resulting in numerous deaths and thousands of hours of sick leave. Luckily, there’s a way to protect yourself from most of the risk of this contagion: getting a flu shot.
Personal Benefits of the Flu Shot
On a personal level, the flu shot mainly helps you and those around you not get sick. This means you, your coworkers, peers, friends, and family members are less likely to get sick. This is why the CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year.
How the Flu Shot Helps the Greater Good
As previously mentioned, when you get the flu shot you are helping keep those around you healthier. This is due to herd-immunity: when a disease can’t spread because everyone is immune to it. This protects people who are at greater risk and might not be able to be vaccinated, such as pregnant people, infants, the elderly, and those with immune-system deficiencies.
Are You Liable if You Don’t Get Vaccinated?
While the idea of lawsuits against those who don’t vaccinate have been floated for years, the actual implementation of such actions has yet to reach fruition. The largest liability facing you if you don’t vaccinate is your personal health. The other liability is the health of your peers, and, if you get your peers sick, probably the respect of your peers.
In summary, stay healthy and get your flu shot.