Sadly another piece of news comes all the way from Saint Louis, Missouri. An increasing number of influenza cases has prompted the health authorities into taking a quick survey regarding influenza awareness. The survey underlines the fact that people are reluctant to get flu shots.
Most of the interviewed candidates answered that they were made aware of the dangers entailed by an outbreak of influenza. Approximately 62 percent of them said that they know about the flu and that they are planning on getting vaccinated. The rest of the interviewed candidates amassed into two camps. 30 percent of those who answered with a straight “nay” said that they are afraid that of the vaccine’s side effects, while a whopping 48 percent declared that they do not need the vaccine, because they won’t get sick.
In response to the recent pole, the doctors hailed the patient’s initiative of getting inoculated against the seasonal flu. As for those who are either reluctant or they simply think that they are immune, the doctors issued a word of advice. Although the vaccine is known to have a couple of side-effects, which includes muscle soreness and, in some rare cases, a low grade fever, the general effect of the vaccine outweighs its side-effects.
One of the physician working for the DePaul Hospital, said that, every year, it is the same debate. And that particular debate usually ends up in a hospital’s emergency rooms, with a high-degree fever and a runny nose. Matthew Treaster declared that, every year, it’s the same old thing. People that go around, boasting their immune system, usually end up, one way or another, in the emergency room, accusing symptoms that are consistent with flu-induced complications. And the situation becomes even more ironic when think about the fact that the whole thing could have been avoided in the first place.
Moreover, the flu shot doesn’t ensure only your protection, but it is also beneficial to the people around you. The good doctor said that a patient coming down with a mild case of influenza is capable of infecting those around him.
Things become a lot more serious when CDC gets involved. The health specialists from CDC urges people to get the shot. They said that children who are more than 6 month old should be vaccinated against the flu. Even people who suffer from chronical disease should get the shots after checking in with their family physician.
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