The influenza is caused by a virus, and viruses are better to be prevented because there is no known cure for viral infections, this is one of the reasons for why you should vaccinate yourself against the flu.
The flu is a very contagious disease that spreads from the infected person to the healthy one by means of discharged bodily fluids. It mostly affects the lungs, the throat and the outer respiratory system. This translates into coughing, sore throat and runny nose.
The flu affects thousands of Americans every year and this season is just starting. Usually, an infected person recovers after a few days of bed rest, increased fluid intake and proper vitamin treatment that boosts the immune system to fight the viral infection.
But the flu is not to be taken lightly because only last week a 12-year-old girl from Washington died because of flu-related complications. Children, the elderly and people that suffer from chronic conditions can be susceptible to flu complications that could, in some cases, lead to permanent organ damage and even death. This is why you should vaccinate yourself against the flu.
According to Kim Tran, pharmacy manager, lately flu vaccines have been developed for various age groups so that they will be more effective in combating the seasonal illness. And yes, there were reported cases of people getting the flu after they got themselves vaccinated, but they were infected with a different strain of virus than the one used to develop the vaccine.
When developing the flu vaccine, the scientists take into account what strain was more active, and more importantly, which strain is more dangerous for the population. So you are still better protected after you vaccinate yourself. Also, there is a two-week period of time in which immunity is developed. You can still become infected with the flu virus in this time, but your immunity was already building up at the time of infection so the case will be seriously milder than if you didn’t get the vaccine.
There are additional means that you could use to stay away from the influenza virus. Doctors recommend that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain the necessary vitamins that keep your immune system in a fighting mode, wash your hands every time you come in touch with an object that was exposed to a broad public, keep your distance from infected people and, in the case you come down with the flu, cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze in order to prevent infecting other people.
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