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While a mild flu is like a cold, it is usually much worse and complications can be severe.
In Canada, each year 12,000 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die from complications due to the flu.
Two weeks after getting the flu vaccine, your body will have created enough antibodies to fight off the strains of the flu it contains.
It's not a live vaccine. If you get sick right after receiving the flu vaccine, it's because you already were sick (this is cough and cold season after-all).
In some years, the flu vaccine has been less than 50% effective. However, that still means your odds of getting the flu are cut in half. More importantly, it means you're less likely to pass the flu along to those who aren't able to fight it.
While you may be able to fight the flu, those with weaker immune systems may not. For example, children and the elderly, pregnant women, those with diabetes, heart or lung conditions, or those receiving chemotherapy.
We don't wear seat belts because we've been in a car accident: we wear them to decrease the severity of future/potential accidents. Seatbelts save lives, just like the flu vaccine.