Skip to content

Is getting the flu really a big deal?

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick answers questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.

Wow, yes, getting the flu is a big deal if you get it, because it is, it’s rough. Some people die of the flu. That’s how bad it is. The symptoms can be pretty aggressive and significant.

Muscle aches, a fever, fever for days, and it’s no fun to have a fever.

When you have a fever, it’s because your body is battling something and when the immune system has to be activated in that way, it causes a lot of discomfort, muscle pains and the aches. That’s what’s going on. So yes, it’s a big deal to have the flu.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

Stay up to date with your COVID vaccine, including boosters!

COVID vaccines are safe and effective for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Immunity wanes over time. Keep up your protection against COVID by getting boosted when eligible.

Updated (bivalent) boosters are now available for adults and children 6 months and older.