This time last year we all were on guard of the flu. Most of us wanted the flu vaccine. Most of us may have even happily had it injected into us. However, it is now another year. Have you thought about the flu? Have you thought about getting a vaccine this year?
Hopefully, HN1 or no type of flu will be cause for alarm this year. However, one way to help assure this fact is by getting vaccinated.
Those who are especially at risk of getting the flu include:
• Children over 6 months of age
• Care givers of children under 5 years of age
• Children with high risk conditions such as asthma, diabetes, neurological disorders
• Health Care workers
• Pregnant women
• Adults with any type of chronic disorders
• Any adult who takes care of adults with chronic disorders or live with adults with chronic disorders
The flu shot or vaccine can be given as soon as today for the upcoming 2010/2011 flu season. The earlier the better when it comes to getting the flu vaccine. The reason why is that an antibody is released into your body when you are given any type of vaccine. When you get the flu vaccine early, you are allowing your body more time to build up a resistance to the flu virus.
The flu virus can spread quickly. It can also be passed from person to person easily. Once you catch this virus you can easily be off from work or school from seven to ten days. The flu can even develop into secondary pneumonia. It some cases it can even kill.
This year, the flu vaccine will include the HN1 virus, for this reason you won’t have to take multiply vaccines, at least adults won’t. There is a debate as to whether children should take one or two vaccines. Parents should discuss this matter with their child’s doctor.
No, there won’t be a flu vaccine shortage because of the recent egg recalls. These eggs are not the eggs used in making flu vaccines. Special grown eggs are used for vaccines.
Will there be a new type of flu this year? Will it run rampant like the HN1 virus did last year? Only time will tell?