We all dread getting the flu, of course. There are body aches, unpleasant fevers and chills it just makes life bad. What’s even worse though, is that it could cost you money. Not only do you have to go to the doctor and perhaps spend on the visit, you have to miss work too. And of course, getting the flu isn’t always just a temporary inconvenience. Would you believe that every year, there are 20,000 people right here in America who actually die because of a flu infection? Children and the elderly are the most at risk. Of course, you can get flu shots and the thing would never happen, right?
The flu used to be such a deadly epidemic like disease. When the Spanish flu bug got out about a century ago, it killed as many people as died in World War II. Flu shots weren’t released until the 50s. We all really appreciate how simple and wonderful simple flu shots of made our lives, because we have never seen in a world where influenza could be a serious problem.
Well, January and February are the worst months in America for the flu. Should you get flu shots for your whole family? The CDC feels that everyone under four and over fifty should get one. Pregnant women should get them too. People who are weak for some reason should get them as well. If you are a doctor or nurse and you’re always around sick people working at a hospital, it would be a good idea then, as well.
The great thing about getting a flu shot is that it only costs about $10. There are no side effects. And almost certainly, it’ll work and you won’t get the flu. The experts say that your chances of coming down with the flu go down by 75% once you get the shot.
Does it really make a difference? Well, look at this little statistic America and Canada have always had the same levels of flu infection. The US began recommending that people get flu shots back in 2006. Canada didn’t get around to it until four years later. In those four years, flu infections in this country dropped by a third. But it remained the same in Canada. It’s pretty great.
Of course, it’s not a complete no-brainer. When you get a flu shot, you can sometimes go through a mild fever for a day or two, and you could have mild allergic reaction. Also, the flu shot that you get contains mercury. And that is a terribly poisonous thing. And the FDA worries about Mercury so much that the flu shot is the only drug on the market that’s allowed to contain it.
So should you get flu shot or not? Well, you could take a risk with not getting a shot if you live in a place that doesn’t expose you to the flu. If you’re in an area where it’s known to affect people though, it really would be a good idea.