Flu (Influenza) is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization, and for those with compromised immune systems can result in death.  Every flu season is different, and the symptoms of flu can be different season to season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1976 and 2007, flu associated deaths in the US have ranged from 3000 to a high of 49,000 people; in recent years 80%-90% of flu associated deaths have been in people 65 and older.

The CDC recommends adults over age 65 get vaccines, although getting the flu vaccine should be discussed with your primary doctor prior to vaccinating to ensure you don’t have any health conditions which may hinder its effectiveness or lead to other health problems.  Additionally, people with certain allergies to gelatin, eggs, or certain medications should not get vaccinated.  Last seasons (2015) immunization was only 19% effective in the US; British health officials report that figure to be 3% effective.

If you are healthy and decide to get the flu vaccine this year, the CDC is recommending only the use of injectable influenza vaccines (including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines) during 2016-2017. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2016-2017 flu season.

In recent years, some physicians have discouraged patients from getting the flu vaccine.  The reason for this philosophy is that Americans are taking too many medications, vaccinating against too many conditions, and are not developing immune systems to naturally fight off flu.  Drug Company marketing has increased ‘sickness fear’, especially among certain age groups of people that vaccinate for fear of getting sick versus personal health reasons.  Last season, two vaccines made headlines due to controversial refusal to get vaccines; flu and measles vaccinations.

Only you and your physician should make the determination to be vaccinated after discussing your health conditions and associated benefits and risks, questions, and reason for choosing to be vaccinated.


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