To be a successful freelancer or self-employed businessperson, you need to maximize your productivity.
Now think back to the last time you had the flu:
How did you feel? Like crap?
And how much quality work did you get done? Like none?
You need to get a flu shot, and you need to get it as soon as you practically can. A healthy freelancer is a productive freelancer.
5 Reasons to Get the Flu Shot Now
1. The Obvious: You Don’t Get Much Done When You’re Drop-Dead Sick
The weakness and body ache that accompanies the high fever will likely keep you from getting anything significant done for your business for several days, and perhaps much longer, even up to two to three weeks. How much money will that cost you?
2. Speaking of Dropping Dead, The Stats…
Every year between 3000 and 49,000 Americans die from the flu and related causes. Tens of millions get sick, and many thousands require hospitalization.
3. If You Don’t Have the Flu, You Don’t Spread the Flu
You have a moral obligation to get a flu shot — you will help prevent the spread of the disease. Look at those stats again. Think about all the lost productivity, all the health care costs, and, yes, all the lives lost.
4. Protect Yourself Against New Flu Strains Down the Road
Flu vaccines typically protect you against the projected three to four most likely strains for the upcoming season. However, there are many, many strains that can potentially pop up. Getting vaccinated now may prevent you from getting the flu in later years because your immune system will have the ability to respond to strains that are the same or similar to those included in this year’s vaccination.
5. Being Sick Sucks
You aren’t going to enjoy life much if you feel lousy. For me, enjoying life is my #1 reason for being alive.
4 Places to Get Flu Shots
There’s plenty of vaccine this year, so pick the easiest/cheapest of these options (call ahead first):
- Your doctor or HMO likely has the vaccine and can have a nurse do the deed.
- Your city or county public health office likely has it, and it might even be free. Many local governments schedule mass inoculation events where you can literally drive up and sit in your car.
- Most drug stores.
- Local for-profit and non-profit private health clinics.
I just got my shot at Rite Aid here in Ashland, Oregon 40 bucks for the quadrivalent (four-strain) shot. Easy-peasy.
And hey, it was completely covered by my health insurance.
For more info, read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza/flu information.
What About You?
Did you get your flu shot yet? If not, when you gonna do it? Your take on the shots, pro and con?