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December 5, 2016

Why Just About Everyone Should Get a Flu Vaccination

With the winter season already upon us, cold and flu season is soon to follow. Being in close contact with other students and people on a daily basis can put all of us at a risk of contracting the flu. Getting a flu vaccination (flu shot) is a very important step to take when attempting to stave off the flu. There are several reasons for just about everyone to get a flu vaccination:

  1. Helps keep you from getting sick

Getting a flu vaccination is not a guarantee that you will not contract a cold or the flu, but being vaccinated is the single most effective way to prevent the flu and fight the causes leading up to the contraction of the flu.

  1. Is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions
Receiving a flu vaccination not only helps to prevent the flu, but it has also been associated with lower rates of cardiac events for those with cardiac diseases and lower hospitalization rates for people with diseases such as diabetes and chronic lung disease. A flu vaccination is also known to help keep a healthy immune system.
  1. May also make your illness milder if you do get sick

If by chance you do get sick even after a flu vaccination, more than likely your symptoms will be diluted due to the flu vaccination. You may also be sick for a shorter period of time due to your previous vaccination.

  1. Can help to prevent those around you from getting sick

Not only does a flu vaccination help to prevent contracting the flu, but it also helps prevent the spread of the flu virus to those around you. Nobody wants to be the one responsible for getting their friend or family member sick!

  1. Allows for better analysis of vaccination effectiveness

When you get a flu shot, it is important to remember that the vaccination was created by medical health professionals based upon their research of the flu. When you are vaccinated, the effects that the vaccination has on you is valuable research information for these professionals. 

Important Notes:
It is important to know that a flu vaccination is not 100% effective at preventing a cold or flu. It is also important to know that you should consult your doctor before getting a flu shot if you have any health problems, especially asthma or diabetes as the vaccination could be harmful. Those not recommended for a flu shot include children younger than 6 months and people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine.

Geneva College has a state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center available to students 24x7.

If you have an interest in studying the flu virus and other biological processes, Geneva College’s Biology degree might be right for you. The Cell and Molecular Biology concentration is research-oriented and includes coursework in virology and immunology. It is intended to prepare students for graduate school and careers in medical research. To learn more, visit http://www.geneva.edu/dept/biology_department.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm