The other reason people may associate the flu shot with feeling sick? Schaffner pointed out that sometimes folks just happen to catch one of the many cold viruses that circulate and attribute it to the flu vaccination they received a few days earlier. But alas, the timing of the vaccination and catching the cold was just an unhappy coincidence.
The vaccine probably isn't covered by my insurance. Actually, under the Affordable Care Act, many health plans cover the influenza vaccine and other preventative services without charging a copay, given that the service is provided by an in-network provider. Read more about preventive care benefits at HealthCare.gov.
OK, OK, I'm convinced. I'll get the vaccine … later. Nope, get vaccinated now. "You need to get vaccinated before you're exposed to influenza for the vaccine to work," said Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "So that first cough or fever is not the time to think about influenza vaccination. Today is the time to start thinking about it."
Or, as Koh succinctly summed up: "Don't hesitate; vaccinate."