Seasonal Influenza Research Paper

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Vaccinating Children against the Seasonal Influenza Imagine yourself as a parent or a concerned third party and not having to worry about your child getting the flu every season. All of the school days the child is going to miss due to coming down with the seasonal flu. Now it is possible for many children to be immunized against the seasonal influenza viruses. Children, in particular, are more vulnerable than others; why? They tend to socialize with sick children without knowing It and their immune system is still growing. Children have the tendency to touch all different kinds of objects as they learn and grow, they may touch their eyes or nose and end up getting sick. Instead of depriving the children of being themselves and acting …show more content…
One of the most vaccine preventable viral infections of the respiratory tract is the influenza, known as the flu. What is influenza or the flu? How is the flu different from the common cold? As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the flu, saying that the influenza usually causes mild to severe illness, and death cases have occurred. The difference between the cold and the flu is that normally the flu attacks the host out of nowhere. (“Flu Symptoms & Complications” 1). The CDC states the slight difference between the common cold and influence, saying, “The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold” (“Cold Versus Flu”). In the history of vaccines article about the Influenza it says, Symptoms of the flu can appear abruptly and it includes, chills, fever, sore throat, achiness, fatigue, headaches, and vomiting. Most of the symptoms usually associated with children more than adults (“Influenza”). In contrast, the common cold is associated only with runny or stuffy nose (“Cold Versus Flu”). Treatments differ as well, for the flu people take Tamiflu and it is a prescribed medicine. On the contrary, there is no cure for the common cold, most physicians would suggest getting a plenty of rest and drinking lots of water. Subsequently knowing the difference and separating the flu from the common cold, now parents can tell how many times their child gets sick with the flu. How if one vaccine was given in preliminary to each season can save parent’s money, time, and withal, their child’s health. As the article “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of

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