Some of you probably wondering what is that picture on my blog. As a nurse, I want to let you know (for me to learn also) about the flu vaccine and do we need it? Or it just a myth?
Many people already know that vaccine, that's mean put the virus in your body but it is not live virus, I always tell my patient that the virus already sleeping. Is it still a virus? yes it is. But when the real powerful virus come to your body, they will know that the other virus (sleepy virus) already in your body so they will left... So you won't get the big, ugly, yucky flu virus ....
Flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its complications. Flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person.
But again it depend on every person believe and willingness.
It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection lasts several months to a year.
Some illnesses that are not caused by influenza virus are often mistaken for flu.
What is flu?
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Anyone can get flu, but the risk of getting flu is highest among children. Symptoms come on suddenly and may last several days. They can include:
• sore throat
• muscle aches
• runny or stuffy nose
Flu can make some people much sicker than others. These people include young children, people
65 and older, pregnant women,
and people with certain health conditions — such as heart, lung
or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system.
So do you think you need FLU VACCINE this year? I will leave it up to you....
But if you think you will need it one, the vaccine will be ready around October and end in May (I think)
CDC, 2014. Influenza Vaccine, What you need to know. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu-largetype.pdf
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