Flu season 2019 is here. Vaccinate to maintain herd immunity — and protect everyone.

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  8 months ago  •  58 comments

By:   Nicole E. Basta and Maria Sundaram

Flu season 2019 is here. Vaccinate to maintain herd immunity — and protect everyone.
Some Americans skip the flu vaccine because they think the flu is just an average head cold. It’s not.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



Each year, communities around the world suffer  from a dangerous and potentially deadly infectious disease : influenza. The story is a familiar one: the virus jumps from one person to the next via a cough, a sneeze or a contaminated surface, linking people and places via long and intertwined chains of transmission.

What most people do not realize is that these person-to-person chains also represent   a huge potential for   interrupting   transmission . Influenza virus uses these chains to find new people to infect, and vaccines can block these pathways between people. Every vaccinated person protects both themselves and others, by stopping the virus from spreading. Vaccination reduces your risk of spreading influenza virus and increases your contributions to protecting your entire community.

Our best chance at keeping everyone healthy this winter season is to strengthen our community immunity —   or herd immunity   — by ensuring that as many people as possible are vaccinated. But each year,   more than half of Americans   miss out on the opportunity to contribute to community immunity and protect themselves, their family and friends because they skip the flu vaccine.

Some   Americans skip the flu vaccine   because they think the flu is just an average head cold. It’s not. It causes severe illness and death, even in otherwise healthy people.   Two children have already died   from the flu this year, and the flu season is only just beginning — more people will die and tens of thousands will wind up in the hospital before the season ends next spring. Even a milder case of influenza can put an otherwise healthy adult in bed with a fever, chills and body aches for at least a week, and the illness’s effects can ripple outward for far longer. On average, every time you get the flu, you’re likely to infect 1-2 other people, who will each pass it on to 1-2 more people, and so on.

Some Americans skip the flu vaccine because they aren’t aware of the good they can do by getting it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that people who got the flu vaccine in 2016-2017 helped prevent 5.3 million cases of flu. Preventing millions of people from suffering and thousands from dying is a major success worth celebrating, but we could be doing so much more if everyone got vaccinated. The fact is, everyone gets the flu from someone else, meaning skipping the flu vaccine and becoming a link in the chains of transmission has consequences that extend to family, friends, co-workers and even people who pass us by on the bus and in the supermarket.

Some Americans skip the flu vaccine because they think it doesn’t work well. It’s true that   the vaccine cannot prevent all cases of flu , but that alone shouldn’t be a reason to opt out of the benefits it provides. While there is no way to perfectly prevent the flu (yet), getting vaccinated is the most effective option available.

In the five minutes it takes to get a flu vaccine, you acquire the potential to save someone else’s life. This could be a newborn too young to be vaccinated, a neighbor, a relative or a close friend. It could even be a friend of a friend, or a stranger you walk by in the grocery store. How often do you have the opportunity to do something so simple that could have such a life-changing impact?

But don’t just take our word for it — ask yourself: “Who in my life do I want to protect from the flu?” Getting vaccinated will help the people you care about stay healthy this flu season. Community immunity is strongest when nearly everyone is getting vaccinated. This year, get vaccinated and share the benefits of the protection you get from the flu vaccine. Don’t share the flu.


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Kathleen
1  Kathleen    8 months ago

We got our shots last month. It’s no fun getting the flu.

 
 
 
cjcold
1.1  cjcold  replied to  Kathleen @1    8 months ago

I just stay away from children and anything or anybody they might touch.

As I live way out on the prairie, it's easy for me. No flu in years.

Purell and exam gloves are your friends.

Worked 15 years as a paramedic (now retired) and was never sick a day.

Shot, stabbed, beat down, run over, hit by lightning, etc..... is a different story.

Even a bottle of Purell a pocket pistol and a bullet proof vest can't save one from everything.

 
 
 
Kathleen
1.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  cjcold @1.1    8 months ago

Washing your hands is so important, can’t stress that enough. Schools, college campuses and hospitals can make you at greater risk. Thanks, I will remember the gloves. Even though the shot helps, it does not protect you against all the stains. Still get it anyway, it is only a plus to do so.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2  sandy-2021492    8 months ago

Last time I had the flu was 1996.  It was miserable enough that I've had my flu shot every year since, and haven't had to go through that again.

My son has had the flu once - the year swine flu was big.  The vaccine wasn't available here until he was already sick with flu.  And then he stayed sick most of that winter - flu, then strep, then bronchitis on top of an ear infection.  So he has also had his flu shot every year since.

 
 
 
MUVA
3  MUVA    8 months ago

I was talked into my first flu shot in my life because of my new granddaughter Ada Lee pictures soon.

 
 
 
badfish
5  badfish    8 months ago

The flu shot is great if you can go back in time. The strains of flu mutate from year to year. Most years it's worthless. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
5.1  Gordy327  replied to  badfish @5    8 months ago

New batches of flu vaccines are developed yearly to deal with the current common flu strains. So it's anything but worthless, especially for children & the elderly.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
5.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gordy327 @5.1    8 months ago

I think the most "worthless" batch I can remember was about 30% effective against that year's common strains.  I'll still take a 30% reduction in chance of catching the flu.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.1.2  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1.1    8 months ago

Even vaccines that are off, remind the body of the virus and offer some immunity and reduction of time sick. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.1.2    8 months ago

I think I read or heard somewhere that flu shots are only 15 or 20% effective in preventing the flu. 

If true, flu shots should not be "mandatory" and people should not be shamed into getting one. 

For those who want it, fine, if someone doesnt, thats fine too. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
5.1.4  Gordy327  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1.3    8 months ago

Actually,  the flu vaccine effectiveness is 40-60%. And it should be (and in many cases is) mandatory for health care workers. It's ideal if more vulnerable populations like children & elderly get vaccinated.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5.1.5  JohnRussell  replied to  Gordy327 @5.1.4    8 months ago

The numbers are kind of all over the place. 

 
 
 
badfish
5.1.6  badfish  replied to  Gordy327 @5.1    8 months ago

They use the past year's virus which never actually returns. To survive year to year the virus mutates.

Last year's flu shot had a 10% effective rate.

If you get the flu, stay hydrated and don't spread it by going to the Dr or ER. It's just the flu, it will pass.

Wash your hands. Stay away from snot nosed kids and don't lick doorknobs.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
5.1.7  al Jizzerror  replied to  badfish @5.1.6    8 months ago
They use the past year's virus

That's wrong.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Most flu vaccines in the United States protect against four different flu viruses (“quadrivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. There are also some flu vaccines that protect against three different flu viruses (“trivalent”); an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one influenza B virus. Two of the trivalent vaccines are designed specifically for people 65 and older to create a stronger immune response. https://www. cdc.gov /flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm

 
 
 
Kathleen
5.1.8  Kathleen  replied to  al Jizzerror @5.1.7    8 months ago

Even if you get the flu, with the shot it is much milder. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
5.1.9  Gordy327  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1.5    8 months ago

My numbers come from the CDC. Besides, any number is better than zero.

 
 
 
GaJenn78
5.2  GaJenn78  replied to  badfish @5    8 months ago

Unfortunately, you are correct, some protection is better than none I guess. Every time I get the flu shot, I end up getting it. It was required for nursing school, my extern, and I just had one at the practice I work at because it is required. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
6  The Magic Eight Ball    8 months ago

never had a flu shot and never had the flu either.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @6    8 months ago

You have been lucky. I have had it twice and wished that I was dead. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
6.1.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6.1    8 months ago
I have had it twice and wished that I was dead.

bummer. I hope you have better luck going forward.

cheers :)

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
7  al Jizzerror    8 months ago

In 2010 a  viral video showed a woman's bizarre reaction to a flu shot.

Here's a video of her (totally bogus) symptoms.

It scared a lot of gullible idiots.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
7.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    8 months ago

The thing is, is that is NOT what dystonia looks like. It locks the body up into strange positions and causes mild jerks when trying to fight the locked position. 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
7.1.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7.1    8 months ago
that is NOT what dystonia

Butt, it was hilarious.

 
 
 
Gordy327
7.2  Gordy327  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    8 months ago

Antivaccers probably use that as anti vaccine propaganda. 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
7.2.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  Gordy327 @7.2    8 months ago
Antivaccers probably use that as anti vaccine propaganda. 

Yep.  Butt since she admitted that she faked it, only the most ignorant antivaccers still use it.

Oh wait... the majority of antivaccers are ignorant idiots.

 
 
 
GaJenn78
7.2.2  GaJenn78  replied to  Gordy327 @7.2    8 months ago

You know what, Gordy, don't even get me started on anti vaxxers..... YES, I will say it, they are crazy. There are confirmed cases of measles in my county where my girls go to school. Yes, my girls are vaccinated. When I was in school, my mom had to provide proof of my inoculations. The doc fills out a form 3231. Now, people are finding loopholes claiming "religious" reasons, truly fucking it up for really religious people, (Yea, I'm looking at you Karen in the car line!!! Mommy blogs don't count as 'research' you dumb ass!)

 
 
 
Gordy327
7.2.3  Gordy327  replied to  GaJenn78 @7.2.2    8 months ago

That "religious reasons" is quite the BS. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
7.2.4  Gordy327  replied to  al Jizzerror @7.2.1    8 months ago

I do believe you are correct about that.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.2.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  GaJenn78 @7.2.2    8 months ago

If parents don't want to vaccinate, fine.  But be prepared to home school your kids and do not let them out in public, especially in settings where there are young children or the elderly.

 
 
 
Gordy327
7.2.6  Gordy327  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7.2.5    8 months ago

If parents do not vaccinate without good reason), I'd call them quite irresponsible.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.2.7  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Gordy327 @7.2.6    8 months ago

Absolutely.

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.3  Kathleen  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    8 months ago

All she has is a screw loose.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.3.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kathleen @7.3    8 months ago

Now she is channeling her inner Madonna with a phony British accent.

 
 
 
It Is ME
8  It Is ME    8 months ago

I don't get "THE SHOT" !

If and when I do get sick, I stay in bed and tell people to "leave me alone". I'm thinking of the "Other People" when I do that. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
8.1  Kathleen  replied to  It Is ME @8    8 months ago

That’s good! I wish others would think like that too..

 
 
 
It Is ME
8.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Kathleen @8.1    8 months ago

Worse than being sick, is when folks constantly wake you up and ask if you want something. jrSmiley_42_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
9  Dean Moriarty    8 months ago

Some interesting information here. 

One of the most serious documented influenza vaccine reactions is Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). 3  An immune mediated painful and disabling neurological disorder that can occur after viral infection or vaccination, GBS involves inflammation of the peripheral nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis that may lead to death. 4 GBS usually develops within two to four weeks of vaccination.

Characterized by muscle weakness, unsteady gait, numbness, tingling, pain, GBS can cause paralysis of the face or one or more limbs. It can take several months for recovery or it can leave the affected person with chronic health problems and disability. 5 The mortality rate with GBS is highest among the elderly and those who develop severe complications. 6

As of Sept 1, 2019 , there have been 5,560 claims filed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries and deaths following influenza vaccination, including 174 deaths and 5,386 serious injuries. Of that number, the U.S. Court of Claims administering the VICP has compensated 3,129 children and adults, who have filed claims for influenza vaccine injury. 59

https://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/influenza/vaccine-injury.aspx

 
 
 
Gordy327
9.1  Gordy327  replied to  Dean Moriarty @9    8 months ago

The flu itself can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome. Many people who develop symptoms state they had a recent flu infection. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
10  Tacos!    8 months ago

Get the shot.

We had a couple of scary winters with the babies years ago. I remember dunking one in a tub of ice water to bring down the fever (I think she was at or near 106). The next year, I had to take one to the hospital when she had a fever of about 105 and was coughing up blood.

Every year since, we always get the shot and we haven't had to go through that again. I concede that's thin as scientific studies go. We joke that we also have elephant repellant that never fails.

Still, we certainly have never had any negative effects from the shot. Might as well get it.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
11  Paula Bartholomew    8 months ago

I had the typhoid shot in the Army but still got it years later.  It was like having the Godzilla of flu symptoms.  Because of my age I get the flu and pneumonia shots every year.  I also got the shingles one.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
12  Thrawn 31    8 months ago

Get the goddamn vaccine, don't be an asshole. And yes, if you are an "anti-vaxxer" you are an asshole. 

 
 
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