Whose responsibility is it?

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

http://weeklyprompts.com/2019/02/06/word-prompt-flu-shot

37 thoughts on “Whose responsibility is it?

      1. You have no idea how lucky you are having only had flu three times and being female you are obviously immune to the impact of full blown “man flu” the like of which can lay low a fairly substantial horse. It’s no wonder us men suffer so much when attacked by this fearsome virus.

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  1. I get the shot every fall, and last year I got the flu the following spring. My Doctor pointed out that I might have got a strain of the flu that wasn’t included in the shot that year (there are only 3 or 4 strains in a shot each year). Or I might have got the flu that the shot was designed to combat, but I probably wasn’t as sick as I would have been if I hadn’t had the shot. Either way, it wasn’t a fun few weeks. I also had potentially passed it along to family and friends before I showed symptoms. The flu goes where the flu wants to go!

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    1. Hello Margy. Yes, over here we were warned that the vaccine covers some strains of flu, but as the scientists are not certain of which ones are on the way, we’re never fully covered. I was also told that the vaccine protects for only a few months and that it’s not a good idea to have the shot too early. In my case though, the three times I’ve had flu have been right at the very start of the flu season, so I like to get my shot as soon as it’s available. Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience.

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  2. So far so good, touch wood. I haven’t had any flu last year. This year, I wash my hands all the time! Sorry, I am not a like minded person. At work, they offer it for free especially if you work with children. People who work in a hospital or clinic, jabs are mandatory.

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    1. Ahh… you’re one of those! Most schools in England offer it to staff for free and in an effort to stop the spread of flu the NHS has begun a programme of vaccinating the young. We are due another pandemic and the last time it happened millions died.
      Thank you very much for your comments Perpetua, you prompted me to add a postscript to the article.

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      1. Yes Spanish Flu, though definitely not the fault of the Spanish. Australia was the shining star with this one, when it hit that country they began to quarantine those with the disease. And finally the rest of the world took notice and followed suit. Thanks Joe.

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      2. Oh, I’m sorry to hear you have such concerns about mental illness, that can’t be very pleasant for you.
        Very wise to take precautions to protect yourself against the flu, hopefully, you will keep it at arm’s length which will of course, protect other potential sufferers. Thank you again Perpetua for your opinions, they are much appreciated. 🙂

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  3. Murphy's Law

    I would rather be safe than sorry. But apparently, with some people, once they get the idea in their head that the flu shot will do them harm, no one is going to be able to convince them to the contrary. All we can do is protect ourselves as best we can.

    I had the flu twice. Each time I was sure I was dying! When it became clear I wasn’t dying, I wished I was….just to make it go away!! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I totally agree with you about feeling you are dying, even walking up the stairs to bed (if you’ve managed to get out of it) requires a break half way up. Thank you Ginger 🙂

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  4. gc

    Great article Susan. Right on the money. I am also glad someone mentioned the Spanish flu of 1919. The flu bug is devastating and debilitating. Thanks for the write up. xx

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  5. I believe in vaccinations but have never had the flu jab.. 2 years ago I had flu that lingered for nearly 2 months.. ended up on cortisone etc.. Maybe I should start looking at the flu vaccine..

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    1. Over here in England the vaccine is free to certain age groups, otherwise the cost is approximately £9.00 which I believe is just over €10. I find it helps protect against the common cold too, I’d feel something begin but my body shook it off. The medical profession have made a big fuss about flu lately and over here the little ones are given the vaccine and young teenagers in school.

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  6. I don’t get a choice. When Nurse Percy tells me to roll my sleeve up so she can give me my flu shot I do as I’m told. And if needs be she will ring me on the telephone and tell me to come in for my shots.
    I could always move interstate……..

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  7. The statistics often cited for “flu deaths” actually include many deaths from pneumonia unrelated to influenza. You’re more likely to get cancer than to die from the flu, not that I’d particularly enjoy either.

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    1. I have read that medics believe we are due another flu pandemic. 100 years since the last one that killed young healthy adults as well as the most vulnerable. Next time due to high speed travel around the world it will spread far quicker.

      The flu viruses are studied each year and millions of pounds, euros and other currencies are being poured into protecting us from what is to come.

      Unfortunately, the health professionals cannot protect us from cancers, but they can protect us from most flu viruses. Thank you for opinion, it is appreciated.

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      1. Oh, they certainly claim to protect us from cancer. Leukemia-causing chemotherapy, radioactive mammograms, carcinogenic sunscreen….Cancer is the end game. If we cure every other illness, kill every pathogen and parasite, feed every hungry child, we will all die from cancer. Cruel as it may sound, I believe cancer (among other disease) acts as a population failsafe.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not your average anti-vaxxer or alternative medicine practitioner. Microwave ovens don’t make your food radioactive. Water, vitamin C, and DNA are all chemicals. I rarely deny the effectiveness of modern medicine, insofar as prolonging life. But I think we sacrifice quality of life by increasing life expectancy.

        I don’t doubt that we’re due for another pandemic, and no vaccine will prevent it. Vaccines only prolong the inevitable. Viruses and bacteria predate human life by millions of years, and whether we like it or not, disease is a necessary force of nature. An infectious epidemic is simply the overgrowth of a certain microbial species, just as certain plants or animals become overpopulated. The rise and inevitable fall of one species to another is often unpleasant but totally natural.

        Thank you for appreciating my opinion! We may disagree, but that doesn’t mean we can’t disagree respectfully. Many people unfortunately don’t get that….

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    1. He was also in the right place at the right time and still he died, but not on stage! You will of course understand that comment more than most. Les was also a great friend of my late husband.

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