“The flu virus is very unpredictible how it begins and how it takes off.” ~ Harvey V Fineberg
The midweek word-prompt from Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Flu Shot, though at my side of the pond we would say flu jab or vaccination!
Many people, are in favour of having the annual flu shot/jab whilst others, including some of our family members are against it, so we asked our readers for their opinions .
GC and I had our flu jabs in the autumn, and we’ve also had the pneumonia vaccine, (lifespan of ten years), in addition, last year I received the Shingles vaccine and considering the number of small children in my family I think it was a wise move.
This flu season I had my flu jab at the end of September, and a few days later I became very ill with the flu. Apparently, it takes fourteen days for the flu vaccine to become effective, so it seems I was unlucky.
I developed a cough and breathing problems and despite inhalers and antibiotics (as a back up) plus steroids, my illness continued. I was referred to the hospital twice for further tests, and as I sat in the busy waiting rooms, I was acutely aware that I could infect others.
Real flu (not a heavy cold), is both painful and debilitating and in some instances can be fatal, it’s also extremely infectious.
It’s common knowledge that the very young and those over the age of 65 are most at risk of contracting the flu virus.
Each winter, hospital beds are occupied by patients who have developed respiratory problems from contracting the flu, and at the same time, they are putting a strain on already stretched hospital resources.
If you refuse the vaccination and later contract the flu, are you to blame when the virus is passed to another person? How would you feel if you passed on the virus to a baby or someone with lung disease, asthma, heart disease or another chronic illness when it could have been avoided by a simple shot/jab?
Most flu infections can be side-stepped if people give a little thought beyond themselves. The mentality of ’I’m alright I never even catch a cold.” no longer washes, and medical staff despair.
Is it time for people to step up and take responsibility?
Postscript – Since publication of this article I have added flu vaccine information from the University of Oxford.
“The trivalent vaccine protects against three of the flu virus strains which are most likely to be around. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against four flu virus strains. On average, flu vaccines prevent about half of all flu cases, but the exact level of protection varies from year to year. Flu vaccines have an excellent safety record. They are still the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths each year among at-risk groups.
It is important to have a flu vaccine every year, because the flu virus is very variable and changes over time. Each year there are different strains around, and a new vaccine has to be prepared to deal with them. Vaccination from previous years is not likely to protect people against current strains of flu.”
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word-prompt Flu Shot from Weekly Prompts