Get Vaccinated against this Deadly Virus
“We didn’t see it coming […] and in the next 48 hours, they are gone.” – Franki Andersen
“This stuff kills – I’ve lost my soulmate and the mother of [my] children.” – Daniel Foulds
“Our family never really got sick. We were the kind of that family that said this will never happen to us.” – Caylee Donovan
“I didn’t give it a thought it could be this serious.” – Emil Hall
“Get vaccinated. You don’t want this.” – Peter Wilkinson
Even if you don’t know these people, what do these provoking words remind you of?
They all share something in common – a tragic story. A desperate message.
Don’t ignore the signs, like how they did, and like how they never will again.
About a deadly virus, one that comes around every year in every country.
Have you noticed that during the flu season every year, hospitals, pharmacies and clinics place signs outside their doors with messages of ‘Annual flu vaccination available here’?
What’s their aim – to remind or to encourage people to get it, perhaps?
Result: most people disregard these signs, usually thinking “I’m healthy, I won’t get sick”. Or perhaps they choose not to because of some misconception they’re holding…
But rather than talk about why you don’t get the yearly flu shot, let’s talk about why you should.
No matter how healthy you are, you can still get the flu. So if you get vaccinated, you will be protected from the flu. Here’s how it works…
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Flu Vaccinations are Inactivated before Administration
Every year, new strains of the flu virus come out, due to their high mutation rate which grants them abilities to evade last year’s vaccines. Scientists grow these latest flu strains, and when the flu season is about to start, they inactivate the eggs of the influenza virus strains. These egg-based inactivated viruses of the circulating strains matching that year’s season is then injected into you as the vaccine, which your body is very thankful for. Once this basically dead virus is injected into you, your immune system activates. It begins to combats this foreign injection by mass-producing our resident soldiers against foreign invasions, the antibodies.
It takes around 2 weeks for a healthy adult to complete producing antibodies, so after that period, you have immunity against the flu. These antibodies confer you resistance, defending you against any live flu virus attacks. So you can’t get the flu after the 2 week period until 3-4 months later when the active flu season ends along with your immunity.
After vaccination, it is still possible to get sick!
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Getting the Flu after Vaccination?
Even if you get sick during that period of immunity, you might not have the flu. Likely, you have the very similar disease of the common cold. Maybe that last time you got sick soon after getting vaccinated was actually a cold? Many people mistake the common cold for the flu, as both are virus-induced, with symptoms of sneezing, sniffing and an occasional fever. You might not be one of them – but I do admit, I sometimes get confused between them. I mean, a cold is basically just a milder flu…
But that’s just symptom-wise. The viral strains are very different, and needless to say, the flu is deadly.
On top of being deadly, the flu is highly contagious – it spreads easily, especially to elderly people or young children who are more vulnerable. So you should get vaccinated. It’ll not only protects you, but it’ll also stop you from spreading it to people you often interact with – like your friends or family.
They sure don’t want to catch the flu off you!
And I’m sure you don’t want to catch it yourself and suffer, or even see your loved ones suffer through a hospitalisation experience which could end in death.
The people who I quoted at the start did, and look at how they grieved.
I hope you got their message.