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Flu Season? Flu Vaccine

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WHAT IT IS

  • A vaccine is a medical prevention that is usually injected to protect against a particular disease or virus. [Merriam-Webster]

  • The flu vaccine is developed yearly to help the body protect itself from strains of the influenza virus. The vaccine helps the body develop antibodies about two weeks after injected. [Centers For Disease Control And Prevention]

  • Influenza is an infection impacting the body’s respiratory system. It can create complications in children, older adults and anyone with suppressed immune systems. [Mayo Clinic]

  • Influenza was discovered in the 1930s. The first vaccine against the flu was created in the 1940s. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

WHY IT MATTERS

 

CIVICS: Every state has laws that require certain vaccinations before children can attend school. The flu vaccine is not legally required. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] Read about each state here.

 

SOCIAL: Each year, the flu impacts millions of children and adults across the U.S., with some cases resulting in death

PROTECTION

Agreement

The flu vaccine’s effectiveness varies; however, health officials agree that the vaccine is proven to be beneficial in protecting the body against influenza. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

 

 

Not today!

Getting the flu vaccine before flu season could prevent an infection. Scientific studies indicate getting vaccinated has proven to be more beneficial than not doing so. [The Washington Post]

 

 

Make it stop

For anyone who does get sick, receiving the flu vaccine could lessen the severity of some symptoms and could provide protection from later complications. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

SIDE EFFECTS

Non-threatening

Side effects from the flu vaccine are minor and could include redness, swelling, and tenderness. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

 

 

You won't get the flu

Health officials are clear that getting the flu shot does not cause the flu or other illnesses.  [Centers for Disease Control and Prevetnion]

 

 

When and who

Most cases of the flu are often reported between December and February. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

 

Everyone is encouraged to get the flu shot. Pregnant women and anybody with heart conditions are urged to get the flu vaccine. They are considered vulnerable to the flu. [NPR]

WHERE WE ARE NOW

  • Health officials evaluate flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere to predict how the Northern’s flu season will be. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

  • According to the CDC, the 2019-2020 flu season will be especially severe. [The New York Times]

  • Jan. 2020: At least 6.4 million people have already caught the flu, 55,000 have been hospitalized and 2,9000 have died (27 of which were children). [TIME]

  • 2018-2019 flu season lasted more than 21 weeks. It was the longest flu season in a decade. [TIME]

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Are vaccines a choice?

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone on edge; however, experts agree, the seasonal flu virus is still a bigger threat. [USA Today

  • The CDC evaluated flu vaccine effectiveness over time. Read the study here.

  • Vaccines do not cause Autism. Read more around the science here.

  • Here’s a look at some common misconceptions surrounding the annual flu vaccine.

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