Flu Vaccine Debate

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The Debate About the Flu Vaccine When the flu season kicks off many health care professionals recommend the seasonal flu vaccine for their patients. Everywhere we look we are often reminded about that flu season is upon us. Family members are talking about it, your doctor’s office even your pharmacy is advertising the flu vaccine. My job makes it assessable for employees to receive the flu vaccine with weekend clinics and also a drive through clinic for employees and patients. The questions are always asked are the flu vaccines safe, are they necessary and also will they actually work? Not everyone agrees with getting the flu vaccine, we see the rising number researchers, academics and doctors that are questioning the basis for an influenza …show more content…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the annual flu vaccine on an annual basis, usually starting around the fall months. Pregnant women and infants are often advised not get the flu vaccine, because of the mercury in the vaccines infants and children up to age 8 require two doses of the influenza vaccine to make sure they are vaccinated against the flu (CDC). Ideally, you should get the seasonal flu vaccine by Thanksgiving -- the holiday season means hugs and kisses, which help spread the flu. However, getting vaccinated with the flu shot makes sense any time during flu season, which may last from September to May. Before getting into the effects of both having or avoiding one, let’s talk a bit about the flu virus the flu symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, although they tend to be more severe. The vaccine, technically called the influenza vaccination, is typically delivered as a shot and contains antigens for three or four of the most comment flu virus strains: type A with subtype H1N1, type A with subtype h2N2 and either one or two type B virus strains(CDC). If you want to avoid needles, the flu vaccine is …show more content…
The Influenza virus symptoms are fever/chills, sore throat, headaches and also fatigue plays a major part. I get that not everyone agrees with getting the flu vaccines some argue that the flu shots don’t work well for the elderly, because their immune systems are too weak to respond. When the flu season kicks off I try things I try to do are watch what I eat, get plenty of exercise, take vitamins and lastly get plenty of sleep. I had the opportunity to work for a pediatrician office and a lot of parents refused the flu vaccine stating that it did not work or their children became very sick after receiving the flu vaccine. I recently heard an extremely ill woman comment she couldn’t figure out why she was so sick. She went on to say she had gotten a flu shot, and obviously believed that should have protected her. She is not the only one a lot of people including myself I always thought that if you received the flu vaccine you could not get the flu virus. Unfortunately, newspapers, television, and the internet scare people into thinking they will become sick if they are not vaccinated. Yes, you can still get the flu if you have been

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