Anyone 6 months or older should get the flu vaccine as the virus is easily spread through the air leading to major health concerns.
We all know the common symptoms. But in young children, people over the age of 65, pregnant women and people with other medical conditions, it can lead to seizures, diarrhea, pneumonia, worsening of pre-existing conditions and even death.
People say, "But doctor, I got the flu shot and got the flu anyway!" Here are the reasons why:
The infection occurred right before you got the vaccine, or during the time it took your body to mount a response to the vaccine. Basically, the vaccine didn't have time to work.
Other viruses can cause "flu-like symptoms."
The virus changes yearly, and the vaccine takes time to make. If this year's virus is similar to last year's, the better the protection.
The vaccine protects against the three most common strains of the flu virus for that year, but you could still get the flu from a different strain.
Vaccine side effects like Guillain-Barré are rare, and the risk is actually greater if you get sick with the flu.
Please get yourself and loved ones vaccinated every flu season.
Shruti Joseph, M.D.
When during a speech you hear the emphatic promise "to make sure that …" what you may be sure of is, the speaker is making lack of completion someone else's fault while implying great significance to his own accomplishment of what would, indeed, be a trivial outcome.
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