Expert Provides Tongue-in-Cheek Reasons for Not Getting Vaccinating Against Influenza
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|Posted on: 08/29/2012|
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, from early fall, through the holiday season and into late spring. It’s seasonal flu, caused by a virus that can fly through the air, hitch a ride on a handshake, hug or kiss, and is extremely good at infecting people and making them sick.
“Influenza is a contact virus,” says Dr. Katharine Garnier, a family physician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine. “It can spread by person-to-person contact or it can land on a surface, such as a doorknob, handrail or elevator button, only to be picked up by the next unsuspecting person to come along.”
The best way to avoid the flu this year is to get the widely available flu vaccination from your family physician, pharmacy or one of the many flu vaccine clinics sponsored by local health departments. Still, some people routinely avoid this annual immunization. For those who are looking for a reason not to get inoculated, Garnier – with tongue firmly planted in cheek – has prepared the following “Top 10 (Unwise) Reasons Not to get a Flu Shot This Year":
1. I’m feeling incredibly lucky this year.
Garnier would also like to dispel certain popular myths about the flu. “Many people think you can get the flu from a flu shot, but you can’t; most of the vaccines are made from inactivated (dead) viruses,” she says. “Many people also believe that the flu is just a minor illness. It isn’t. Each year, the flu causes between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. Young children, the elderly and those with other health conditions are particularly vulnerable. So, getting a flu shot not only protects you, it also keeps you from spreading the virus to someone who could suffer serious health issues, or die, from the flu. But seriously, who should get the flu shot? Everyone over the age of 6 months old… do you fit in that category?”
Source: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)