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Seriously, Do I Really Need a Flu Shot?

By on November 21, 2012

Yes, you really do need to get a flu shot.

A lot of brothers skip this protective health practice because they’ve been miseducated on its importance, they really dislike needles, or simply do not make it a priority. It’s vital that young brothers understand getting a seasonal vaccination for the flu is important not only for your health but also for the health of those around you.

Influenza is caused by viruses that attack the respiratory functions of your body, causing sickness that can sometimes be fatal. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die every year from this disease. It’s important to understand the groups of people who have a higher risk of developing complications from the virus. Some of those include:

  • Younger children (ages five and under)
  • Elderly people (65 +)
  • Pregnant women
  • People with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, HIV, cancer, kidney, liver, and blood disorders, and neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions

If you fall under any of these categories you stand a much higher risk of developing complications from the flu like ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, bacterial pneumonia, aggravation of already existing medical conditions, or even death. However, even if you aren’t any of these categories it’s highly likely that someone around you is.

The flu virus is very contagious and spreads through droplets released while sneezing, coughing, or even just talking (we all know that dude who spit when he talks). You don’t want to be the conduit through which the virus spreads. Being that the flu is a virus, mutations and adaptations to treatment make it important to be protected from the different forms which pop up year to year. Even if you’re somebody with a strong dislike for needles, the nasal spray vaccine is a great alternative. Research will continue to pursue a universal cure for the disease, but for now, getting vaccinated every year is the best way to prevent and reduce the risk of getting the flu.


This article submitted by staff writer Ifreke Okpokowuruk, an aspiring musician from Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s a former Duke University student  and you can tweet him at @qcityproduction. 

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