Flu Vaccination : Influenza ( Flu ) Essay

705 Words Dec 7th, 2014 3 Pages
Flu Vaccination Influenza (flu) is a contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness. Severe outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death (Influenza (Flu) Viruses, 2014). It is estimated that 5% to 20% of the population of United States (US) gets the flu and of those over 200,000 are hospitalized from the flu or from flu-related complications (Seasonal Influenza Q&A, 2014). In the last 30 years there have been 3,000 to 49,000 flu related deaths per year (Seasonal Influenza Q&A, 2014). Flu seasons are unpredictable do to various strains of the virus and the vulnerability of the population at any given point during a specific flu season. Some people, such as the elderly, the young, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions, are at a higher risk for severe flu complications and death (People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications, 2014).
“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year” (Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine, 2014). To make sure as many people are vaccinated as possible the government sets aside special funding every year to help create a vaccine that covers all the year strains and to ensure enough of the vaccine is manufactured to supply everyone that needs and wants it (Government Funding Drug Companies for the Vaccine Production, 2014). It is the job of the public health nurse to make sure that the…

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