Flu Shot – To Inject or Not to Inject?
The season, or should I say, “sneeze-on” has arrived. ‘Tis the season of coughing and wheezing, shivers and sneezing. As winter approaches, viruses encroach, the most notorious one being the flu.
This highly contagious virus enters the body through the nose, eyes and mucus membranes of the mouth. It is most common from fall through spring, and is more abundant in urban areas.
The flu shot is something Junior Lily Meakim looks forward to annually, “I get the flu shot every year and its very fun for me because I get to watch my older sister cry.”
Junior Heidi Grimsby can relate to Meakim’s older sister’s fear, “I think the flu shot sounds like a great idea; however, the fact that shots make me pass out does not make the flu shot sound too appealing to me.”
The flu shot has stirred much controversy in recent years. Some believe that the vaccine is hazardous because the serum contains mercury, which serves as a preservative. The use of mercury alarms skeptics because it has been linked to brain and nerve disorders and is toxic to arterial linings.
According to the renowned immunogeneticist, Dr. Hugh Fudenburg, the Director of Research for the NeuroImmuno Therapeutics Research Foundation, in Spartanburg, SC; there may be a link between Alzheimer’s disease and the flu shot. He claims that if a person has received the shot for five consecutive years, their chances of catching the disease is ten times higher, perhaps triggered by the toxic mercury.
In addition, the flu shot is not safe for everyone. The vaccine is developed inside of a chicken egg, so if you’re allergic to eggs, it’s best not to receive the vaccination.
Although being flu free is not guaranteed, the vaccine cannot give you the flu. After receiving the vaccine, you may feel symptoms such as soreness, low fever and swelling, but they fade away within a couple of days.
The current flu shot offers three times as much protection as last year’s. The vaccine covers three strains, the H1N1 virus along with two others that were selected as possible contaminants. Don’t let this scare you! All viruses in the vaccine are dead.
The flu is no fun and in extreme cases may result in death. Getting the flu shot decreases chances of infection and if you don’t like getting pricked there is a nasal spray vaccine available as well.
According to our school nurse, Kathy Brugman, there have been no cases of the flu reported so far. She warns that this may only be because it is still early in the season. Remember to stay healthy and strong this winter season by not sharing food and drinks and staying home from school if you have a fever.