By Grace Vasquez
I’ve had the flu before but it hasn’t been, thank goodness, this year’s deadly strain. The flu strain this season experts say is far more intense and the shot only has about 10% – 30% effectiveness. So, this morning we, Rick Stacy, Smoke Stack and I, were discussing the flu shot. If the effectiveness is less than 30 percent do you even bother getting the shot? And when you get the shot, do you get sick anyway as your body is developing an immunity to the virus? Well, at least that’s what we’ve come to understand. I’m confused.
The flu is not to be taken lightly and this year Florida has been hit just as hard as any other state. The predominant flu strain — Influenza A(H3N2) — is associated with more hospitalizations and deaths this year, and as is always the case very young and very old are most vulnerable.
Locally, Central Florida’s Centra Care centers reported nearly 600 flu cases last week alone, making it a 200-percent increase compared with the same time last year and a 400-percent increase compared to 2015. Some doctors say that even healthy adults may experience a more severe case of flu. So basically, we are all vulnerable.
Armed with this information now, what do you think about getting the flu shot? Is it worth it? And what about getting the flu like symptoms after getting the vaccination. According to the CDC, Center for Control Disease and Prevention, “The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.”
Is it too late to get your vaccination? Well from everything I read it’s never too late especially because the flu circulation can continue sometimes up until May. Here are some locations if you still need more info on where to get a flu vaccination or the flu.
- Locations on where to get flu shot visit floridahealth.gov/ findaflushot
- For more information about the flu, cdc.gov/flu
I’ve never been vaccinated for the flu. I’m still up in the air about getting the shot. While I look to our medical experts for guidance, I personally have seen in my experience with the care of my family, they too can make mistakes.
So, I think for now, I’ll do the basic wash my hands several times a day, carry hand sanitizer with me (desk, purse, car), use disinfectant spray on mouse and keyboard and finally, if I see a person sneezing…RUN THE OTHER WAY!