Influenza is an infectious illness that can be spread from one individual to the next. It can be transmitted by means of saliva, nasal secretions, feces and blood. It can also be spread by coming in contact with the virus on contaminated surfaces. Influenza is responsible for an average of 36,000 deaths and for more than 226,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States. (Davidson, 2007-2009, Davis, 2007).
In one of my night classes, our teacher brought up the facts of how many students miss school in the state of Kentucky along with how many days the school has had to shut down because of the flu. My teacher also talked about how the flu is the reason school is missed the most, therefore this leads me to think “why isn’t the flu shot mandatory in schools?” According to the “Kentucky Department of Education”, the article states “that in the state of Kentucky, they require every student have an up-to-date Commonwealth of Kentucky Immunization Certificate to be able to attend school.”
I believe you should get a flu shot because it prevents you from getting the flu most of the time. sometimes you can get the flu from the flu shot if you are sick when u get it.
While I was debating whether to get the flu shot now or wait a few more weeks, I came across this very interesting article. This morning, CNN published an article that discusses the “best” time to get the flu shot.
Before we know it the flu season will be here. Which mean a lot of runny noses and severe coughs, germs spreading from person to person. To help keep the spread of the flu down we need to practice:
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended to population ages 6 months and older. A concerning increase in influenza-related morbidity and mortality was reported in year 2013—2014 due to a low rate, immunization among adults in Puerto Rico. (Arriola, Mercado-Crespo, Rivera, Serrano-Rodriguez, Macklin, 2015). The predominant circulating virus in Puerto Rico during 2013-2014 influenza season, the pandemic H1N1 was included as a component in the influenza season vaccine. (Arriola et.al.). The Puerto Rico Department of Health improved the number and varied locations of influenza vaccination clinics across the island. It was interpreted in the survey that the doctor's recommendation for vaccination, and positive beliefs about vaccine safety and effectiveness, consequently, not knowing about viewpoints and practices regarding influenza vaccination in Puerto Rico caused the low rate of the influenza vaccination.
As health care professionals our first line of defense against any diseases is prevention and education. From taking care of our patients’ to providing valuable information related to health services which are all essential for the overall well being of the patients’ and as well as for the community. Every day we are making sure we give our patients the latest information that will benefit them in the long run for example explaining to our patients’ and their loved one importance of receiving the flu shots during flu season. Vaccination when given is intended to be given to all ages. There are many people that can benefit from the vaccines, especially the ones with the weak immune systems mostly the elderly adults. Sometimes not getting
I think many can testify to being guilty of brushing off symptoms like a stuffy nose, and the feeling of fatigue as the common cold, treatable by over the counter drugs. We tend to ignore these minor signs of what could possibly be a very dangerous and severe viral infection, this respiratory infection being the influenza virus. Flu activity most often appears between the months of February and May, leading many to believe their symptoms might be caused by allergies. Although symptoms are very similar, the flu can cause epidemics with the deadly outcomes, as the common cold is just a nuisance for us.
Now that you are vaccinated you have a better chance of not getting sick from the flu, however, this may not be enough to prevent it entirely. Another tactic to stay healthy is not always a simple one, and involves avoiding other sick
Influenza testing is gathered to help diagnose an influenza infection and sometimes to help document and determine the presence of specific types and/or the strains of influenza causing the infections during the flu season. Routinely influenza cases are diagnosed without any form of testing done by the physician, especially during the absence of the flu season and knowledge the flu virus is evident in the community. Testing is also performed to monitor flu viruses that may be circulating in an area, the location of outbreaks, to look for new strains of viruses
The flu is short for influenza, influenza is a virus, a respiratory illness, that causes your body to ache, it makes you feel fatigue, it causes you to cough and to eat less. When you get the flu you could be out of work for at least three days, getting the flu vaccine can decrease the number of days you are home sick. Many people have misleading misconceptions about the flu shot. They believe that it could give them the flu. They think that pregnant women shouldn’t get the flu shots. People also think that there are bad ingredients in the shot. There is not many negatives to getting the vaccine, the positives out way the negatives. The flu is a very complicated virus. It is made up of different strains, which means one year it won’t be as bad but other years it could be a worldwide epidemic.
The Flu vaccine is a medicine developed by, epidemiologists, microbiologists, physicians and other public health experts to protect the society from three to four influenza viruses that will occur and cause disease for the following season and the data is acquired through research or forecast. The Center for Disease Control
The flu (influenza) is a highly contagious virus that attacks the respiratory system. The flu has three strains, H1N1 strain, H3N2 strain and influenza B strain. The first known case according to UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders “The first influenza pandemic that is known to have been global in scale took place in 1850; it started in China and spread across central Asia to Africa and then to Europe where it nearly wiped out the populations of several major cities in southern Italy and Spain”. The number of cases in the U.S. and worldwide is according to www.cdc.gov “There has been 11,965 laboratory-confirmed flu-related hospitalizations.” The number of cases in the US and world wide per year is 3-5 million.
system — your nose, throat, and lungs. It mostly occurs in late fall, winter, and early spring. Influenza, frequently called the flu, affects more than 60 million individuals in the US every year. Influenza and its complications can be deadly. The people at higher risk of developing
The Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices determined risk of infection, risks of serious illness, and risk of spreading the infection as the overriding reasons or identifying candidates for vaccination. As an asthma patient, Alison falls under the group of serious illness; therefore, she should be considered for the flu vaccine even though she doesn’t meet the criteria set forth by the Santa Clara County. As a health care manager, my goal will be set at vaccinating the greatest number of people with the limited resources, so, the first come, first serve approach invoked by the local clinic Alison attended undermined the policy proposed by the CDC. The very sick, children and elderly will not benefit from