The CDC is begging you to get a flu shot

Leslie Hanson
September 14, 2018

Every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to choose the strain of the flu virus that would be put into the flu shot. "For example, during the 2016-2017 influenza season, CDC estimates that flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations associated with influenza". If an individual is exposed to the virus in this time, they may develop the flu, despite having been vaccinated against it. However, gender appears to have a significant impact on the efficacy of the influenza vaccine as well according to a study entitled "Should sex be considered as an effect modifier in the evaluation of influenza vaccine effectiveness?" published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

For children, the NHS use the nasal spray vaccine because it protects them better, for longer, and is easier and more comfortable for children than the injection.The flu virus enters the body through the nose and mouth so the vaccination spray is given through the nose so it mimics the flu virus and results in a better immune response than an injected vaccine.

The quadrivalent vaccine contains two strains of Flu A and two strains of Flu B, as recommended by WHO. Among patients not given the flu vaccine, there was no gender-based difference in influenza infection rates. He never even needed to get out of his vehicle. The vaccine's effectiveness can also vary depending on the characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and the similarity or "match" between the flu strains included in the vaccine and the flu viruses spreading in the community. Sometimes you might not get the flu because everyone around you has the flu shot, and so you haven't been exposed to it. Even if the antibodies remain in your system, they might be completely useless against this year's strain of flu.

Fact #7 - You can have no symptoms at all and still be sick with the flu.


The typical duration of the season stretches from October and goes on till as late as May, with the problems tending to be at their peak phase in the three months period between December and February.

Across the North West, hundreds of thousands of people aged over 65 are set to benefit from the improved vaccine, with 74.6% (972,761) of people in this age group taking up the offer of flu vaccine in the region last flu season.

"This year, the public will be better protected from flu than ever before, with at-risk groups being offered the most effective vaccine available and every member of NHS staff expected to get their jab".

All in all, getting the flu sucks, especially when you're a student with better things to do than lay in bed and feel bad all day. Get the flu shot as soon as it becomes available, with your doctor, at a local pharmacy, or at any public health clinic.

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