To Flu or Not To Flu?

To Flu or not to Flu? It's the question of the moment when it comes to yourself and your family. Is it really worth going through the pain of a shot for the flu immunization this year?

The Influenza or "Flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions such staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses, like flu.

While seasonal influenza viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. Rates of infection from seasonal influenza are highest among children, but the risks for complications, hospitalizations, and deaths are higher among adults ages 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years, and people of any age who have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for complications from influenza.

The "stomach flu" is not influenza. Many people use the term “stomach flu” to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites. These problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza. The flu is a respiratory disease - not a stomach or intestinal disease. The "stomach flu" is often diagnosed as gastroenteritis.

Healthcare providers should vaccinate any person who failed to get vaccinated in the previous vaccination season and anyone who wants to reduce their risk of acquiring influenza.  The CDC recommends annual vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine. Children age 6 months through 8 years should receive a second dose 4 weeks or more after the first dose if they (1) are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time, or (2) if the child’s vaccination history is unknown.

The probability of a serious allergic reaction following any vaccine is extremely low if the person is properly screened. However, persons who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of influenza vaccine, or who are known to have a severe allergy to a vaccine component should not be vaccinated. 

For more information regarding the Influenza vaccine visit a reputable source such as the Immunization Action Coalition or the Center for Disease Control.


  1. LOVE this post! I get so mad about improper handwashing which is the biggest spreader of the nasty bug norovirus, and how many people label it the flu. And the amount of people who avoid getting the flu shot because they think it'll make them sick is ridiculous! The few years I neglected to get the shot, I seriously regretted it. I make sure we all get vaccinated by early October each year <3
    Green Fashionista

  2. Great post!! I work with alot of people who refuse to get the flu shot because it makes them sick and I go crazy. Speaking of, I have to schedule my appt for one, thanks for the reminder.

  3. Oh thank you for all this information! I actually always have a ton of quesitons about the flu and it seems like it's always "the season"

  4. I'm currently wondering about whether to get one!
    I got sick from it two years ago, didn't get sick last year (just a 2-3 day cold/flu symptoms thing), and three years ago, I had the flu and it was awful.

  5. Great information!! Thank you - Crystal

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