The following is written by Gretchen LaSalle, MD, MultiCare Health System: It is the time of year again. The children…
The following is written by Gretchen LaSalle, MD, MultiCare Health System:
It is the time of year again. The children are back in school, the weather is getting colder and your caregivers and pharmacists take up the flu season.
What does the exchange look like? Well, we know the devastation that the flu can cause, but many do not choose to be vaccinated, sometimes because of incorrect information that they have read online or heard from others. So we see it as our job to change myths about this life-saving vaccine.
For example, many tell me that when they received an influenza virus, they were sick that year than ever before. But the flu foot was never supposed to be a silver ball. Many other viruses can cause flu-like diseases that are not flu.
Here’s what the flu feels like: Suddenly it’s happening. One day you’re fine, the next day you feel like you were struck by a truck. Your whole body hurts. You have high fever, cough, headache, sore throat and fatigue. It usually lasts a week ̵
1; if you do not have complications, in any case, it goes further.
And if you have vomiting and diarrhea, you probably have a viral stomach that differs from the flu. Only occasionally the flu causes vomiting, and even then it is more common in children. But diarrhea is not part of the flu image. The influenza rejection does not help stomach bugs – I wish it did!
The following are some common myths that you have probably heard of the flu vaccine and why they are true.
Fiction: The flu shot causes flu.
The influenza rejection is a killed virus vaccine and, as such, can not cause the disease it is intended to protect against. It is another story of the flu nasal spray vaccine, which uses a living attenuated or weakened form of the influenza virus – so it should not be given to anyone with a suppressed immune system because it can give them flu.
“But I felt so cruddy after receiving the flu,” maybe you say. It is not uncommon to feel a bit during the weather after the flu state, or any vaccine, for that matter. A bit of soreness, mild fatigue and even low-quality fever is considered a normal response and only your body’s immune system kicks into the gear. It’s not flu. The flu is much, much worse.
Influenza season usually lasts from November to April, some years go as late as May. Since it takes two weeks before the flu fires at work, we want to be vaccinated before the flu season begins – you are not protected from the flu until the two weeks are over. But if you stop not being able to get the flu shot until later, no need. It will still provide protection for the rest of the flu season.
Fiction: Influence rejection is not effective. It will not help.
Although the flu deaf is the “best guess” for which strains circulate the current year – based on which strains have hit the southern hemisphere because their flu season is before our spring – it still protects you from serious complications of the flu . Some years of vaccines are better than others, but that does not mean that the vaccine is not worth getting.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that all pediatric deaths caused by influenza during the 2012-13, 90 percent influenza season were not vaccinated against the flu. It is also worth noting that since 1938, when the flu vaccine was introduced, we have not seen an influenza pandemic. The 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic killed nearly 50 million people worldwide.
Fiction: I’m healthy, so I do not need a flu picture. I’ll get over it.
Maybe. But even healthy people can have serious complications from the flu: pneumonia, respiratory distress, death. It is true that those with chronic illness, elderly, infants and pregnant women are at greatest risk. However, for the pediatric influenza deaths from 2012 to 2013, 40 percent had no chronic disease or other risks of serious complications.
More than once, vaccination becomes more than just protecting yourself. When you catch the flu virus you are contagious about one to two days before you have a single symptom, so you can spread the virus without even knowing it. Touching door knobs, shaking people’s hands and so on.
Everyone needs an influenza state – to protect themselves and their close and protect the more vulnerable in our society. The influenza waste can be given as early as 6 months.
You are more likely to have serious consequences of the flu than from other infections that we facilitate vaccination. In 2015, we had our first measles-related death in more than a decade. On the other hand, the CDC estimates between 9.2-35.6 million cases, 140,000-710,000 hospital stays and 12,000-56,000 deaths from the United States flu each year.
Statistically you should definitely get your flu shot.
Fiction: I can not get the flu of the flu because (1) I have egg allergy or (2) I do not want mercury poisoning.
Good news – from the 2016-17 flu season, CDC now recommends the flu film for everyone, including those who are allergic to eggs. If you can eat cooked eggs without difficulty or have a milder version of egg allergy, you can get flu growth at any place. If you have severe egg allergy, you can still get flu vaccine but need it managed by a physician who can recognize and respond to a serious allergic reaction.
In the case of mercury there is no one in the flu team unless you receive a vaccine extracted from a multiple dose bottle. And even then the amount of mercury in a pediatric dose is equivalent to eating a 3 ounce of tuna – and it is a much less harmful form of mercury (ethyl mercury instead of methyl mercury).
Fiction: I do not like needles, but the nasal spray version of the flu is no longer available.
While it is true that nasal spray flu immunization was not available in the last two years due to reduced efficacy against H1N1 strains of flu, it has been reformed and will again be available for the flu season 2018-19. Check with your medical provider to see if they offer this form of vaccine.
Please protect yourself and those around you. Get your flu shot. And if you have more questions or problems, ask your healthcare provider. Do not allow misinformation and misunderstandings to prevent you from being healthy and confident.
Where you can get an influenza condition
MultiCare offers flu vaccines for adults and children in a large number of locations throughout the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest regions.
Drugs that offer the flu vaccine usually accept most forms of insurance, but be sure to let your primary healthcare provider know that you received your flu shot so that it can be added to your mail.
Gretchen LaSalle, MD, is a family medical provider for the MultiCare Rockwood Clinic. MultiCare Health System is an ideal healthcare organization with over 18,000 employees, suppliers and volunteers.