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Flu Vaccinations Are Up, But Not Enough

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While the days are getting a little shorter and cooler, there’s something lurking around the corner that takes away from the fall bliss–flu season. Flu shots are now available at many medical offices and pharmacies, and during a news conference today, an official from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that while flu vaccinations are up, it’s not enough.

“Our message today is simple. Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccination,” said Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Koh said that the past flu season was one of the worst ever, with 164 pediatric deaths recorded.

Every year an estimated 5 to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu, which leads to 200,000 hospitalizations, including 20,000 hospitalizations in children under 5 years of age. Getting the flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee absolute protection from getting the virus, as it is only around 56 percent effective overall, but it is said that the vaccine can decrease the severity and duration of the flu if you do get it. For example, a study from the 2010-2011 flu season showed that getting the flu vaccine decreased the chances of being hospitalized for older adults.

If you’re planning to hold off on getting your flu shot until the lines die down a little, the doctors at the news conference this morning strongly advise against doing so. “Last year it came early and it came hard and we’d like to get as many people vaccinated as possible before that,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general for the CDC. “You don’t want to have to have a member of your family die or lose a patient from this disease to get the message that it can be serious.”

Some people are against getting flu shots because of the ingredients that are in the vaccine and the possible side effects. Mercury and formaldehyde are among the ingredients listed in the 2013-2014 flu vaccine, according to the FDA. Are you getting a flu shot? Respond below.

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  • Critical Thoughts

    Yeah, What have vaccines ever done for us? What good is a flu shot? I mean, yeah…small pox but that’s about…wait, polio? Yeah, polio…tetanus, mumps, cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, to name a few. So, yeah, why get a flu shot? I mean, only 164 people died last year from the flu and 200,000 were hospitalized. And if you don’t get a flu shot even if you are healthy enough to get one and then get the flu and pass it on to someone with a compromised immune system, don’t feel to guilty if you kill them. Yeah, bad science and uncritical minds that’s the way to go. So, listen to Cindy A Phillips and Cracker The Back Cracker and don’t get a flu shot and don’t wash your hands and don’t bathe while your at it.

  • Think Twice

    I ended up paralysed after my last flu shot. I have since suffered some pretty horrendous autoimmune disease s which there is evidence the flu shot can trigger. I will always regret getting a flu vaccine.

  • http://rectalcancermyass.wordpress.com Inge Scott

    I will not get a flu shot…ever! We are being vaccinated to death and don’t get me started with all the vaccines our kids have to take. Big Pharma is not getting my money. No way!