The Epidemic Of Influenza Vaccine

1294 WordsDec 1, 20146 Pages
Each year, there is an estimated 36,000 deaths associated with influenza, about 1,250 from the United States. Influenza (also known as the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that attacks the upper respiratory tract. In some cases, it can cause a mild to severe illness, but in other in others it can lead to death. Many try to eliminate getting the flu at all by getting an influenza vaccine. The influenza vaccine has produced controversy all over the United States, as some say it is highly dangerous, while most medical professionals strongly advise it. Although it may be the greatest chance of not catching influenza, it can come with serious complications and side effects that can damage or even kill a person. The current debate on the topic questions whether the vaccine is safe, if it’s necessary, and if it actually works. Influenza usually spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May. It is characterized by a sudden onset of a high fever, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue. Most people recover within one to two weeks without requiring any medical treatment. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on more suddenly and usually lasts longer. Most people can get sick with influenza several times during their lives. Flu viruses are always changing and mutating. After about two weeks, the flu vaccine itself causes antibodies to develop in the body. Those antibodies provide protection against
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