By Lauren Pope
Special to The SUN
Flu season has officially been underway for over two months, yet many residents have not received this year’s vaccine. December through February is the typical peak for influenza and, with the vaccination taking effect after about two weeks, it’s time now to protect your health as well as our community’s health.
In the past, I had always opted out of the flu vaccine. I felt as a healthy, young adult, I could easily ward off the influenza virus. I had very few, albeit delirious, memories of the illness throughout my life and figured I needn’t worry about much more than common colds come winter.
However, I am one individual interlaced in a community dependent on me being flu-free and some confidence in my immune system isn’t proper assurance. My loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, even strangers on the street all stand to benefit from me being healthy, from me being vaccinated.