Should you get the flu shot?
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Should you get the flu shot?

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It's January, but flu season is in full force, and medical experts say there's still time to get a flu shot. The Center for Disease Control encourages Americans to get flu shots every year to prevent the spread of influenza (including the H1N1 virus) during the cold season. Skeptics don't trust the ingredients in flu vaccinations, and many don't believe that the shot actually works. What do you think? 💉 🤒


Only half of all people in the U.S. get the flu shot every year. We're just not that afraid of the flu; most of us have had it and survived it. But science-based health experts and medical professionals say getting the shot isn't about youit's about potentially giving the flu to people it could kill.

Flu season is mostly a hazard for just a few categories of people: the elderly, the immunocompromised, the pregnant, and the very young. In other words, people for whom the consequences are huge....These are the people for whom you’re getting the flu vaccine. So don’t think of the flu shot as being about you. It’s about everyone.

But others argue flu shots are pointless or even bad for your health. They say injecting the dead flu virus can make you sick, they don't like the preservatives in the shot, and the vaccine doesn't even prevent all strains of the flu. Many argue they would rather live healthily and prevent themselves from getting the flu in the first place than get a shot.

Those who hadn't been immunized and don't plan on it cited a variety of reasons. The top factors include a belief that a flu shot (or spray) is unnecessary for them (48 percent of the group), concerns about side effects or risks (16 percent) and worries that the vaccine could infect them with the flu (14 percent). About 8 percent of the people who plan to skip vaccination said it's because they believe it's ineffective.

But others say those arguments are just a lot of hot garbage. Flu shots cannot give you the flu. 

No, the vaccine does not prevent flu completely, but that's not the pointthe goal is to reduce the spread of the illness. Flu vaccinations reduce deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients. So, even if you get it, the shot makes your illness milder.

The CDC published a 2017 study that showed flu vaccinations can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza. JUST GET THE SHOT ALREADY.

But a number of "natural" health advocates say the flu shot is just a ruse created by Big Pharma.

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