Yesterday I got my flu shot. Have you gotten yours this year? It is very important that you get one. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis which is a disease that affects the immune system. I don’t want her to get the flu from me.
Who should get a flu shot?
Everyone over six-months-old should unless a medical condition prohibits it.
Why get a flu shot?
You protect yourself from fever, cough, headache and chills to name a few symptoms but influenza can be fatal to the right people so it just makes sense.
However as important is the fact that if you get the flu you may spread it to the elderly, very young such as infants, pregnant women and people with compromised immune symptoms such as my wife.
Who should not get a flu shot?
People who should not get vaccinated include babies under six-months-old, anyone with an allergy to any egg component, anyone who has had an anaphylactic reaction, anyone who has an illness with a compromised immune system or anyone who is currently ill or has run a fever in the last couple of weeks.
Where can you get vaccinated?
You can get a flu shot from your primary care physician in most cases. Most stores that have a pharmacy will sell a shot for around 20 dollars.
Can there be side-effects?
You could get a mild case of the flu or you could have a life-threatening reaction which consists of having difficulty breathing and breaking out in hives.
If you feel you have been injured call “The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program” (VICP) at 1-800-388-2382.
The best time to get a shot is November.
In 1983 my wife and I had our first child. We were in a Lamaze Class with several people. There was one couple who had a boy at the same time and was in a room close to us. We became close because both wives had to stay in a long time due to complications.
The husband of that family didn’t get a flu shot. He was around 30-years-old. He came down with a cold. Then it got worse and worse until he was running a high fever and his brain ultimately swelled.
He ultimately died and it was simply from a virus most of us get when we are young and build up immunity to.
The chances you are going to get the flu and die are slim.
Why take a chance?
“Inactivated Influenza Vaccine: What You Need to Know, 2010-11” Fact Sheet, Department of Health and Human Services, August 10, 2010