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A Dummies Guide to the Flu Vaccine 2010-2011 – Part I

With the approaching flu season it is also time to get inoculated with the flu vaccine. Currently, the CDC recommends all to get vaccinated above six months of age. This advice and the addition of the swine influenza vaccination in the seasonal vaccination have raised queries.  Here is a detailed guide to clearing all miasmas.

Flu vaccine for all ages – Is it truly necessary

All could be benefited from the flu vaccination. Till last year, the annual recommendation was for all people apart from a diminutive age-group of eighteen to forty-nine years of age individuals who have not conceived and healthy. This group was lately included and all not wanting to contract flu could be benefited for the flu vaccine and is a sure life-saver for all.

Flu vaccineFor Healthy Individuals is it is necessary to get the flu shot

It has been observed that a number of acute ailments and fatalities have occurred among younger, comparatively healthy individuals. Several of these cases were below fifty years of age who were unaware that they were having risk factors for acute flu sickness.

Factually, majority of the flu-caused fatalities and acute sicknesses develop in the extreme age band – infanthood and aged people. However it is also capable of killing individuals in good health. Also many individuals who deem they are in good health might be having medical risk factors that they are oblivious about.

Also a person with no fundamental medical problem could develop a bad case of flu sickness, with absenteeism from work and a visit to the physician’s clinic becoming necessary. All this could be avoided by getting vaccinated. Additionally, inoculation of healthy individuals lowers their likelihood of developing flu virus caused infection and transmitting it to others at greater risk for complication like an infant or aged individual.

People who got the flu vaccine last year & developed flu after that – why risk it once more and simply avoid sick people

Many individuals subsequent to taking a flu vaccination develop flu-similar symptoms and there is a possibility of it happening. Subsequent to taking a dosage of the flu vaccination, around seven days is needed for the body to develop immunity. In case flu is circulating in one’s neighbourhood and exposure to it occurs then that person could become symptomatic within 2-3 days. Hence, it is likely that in case there is exposure to flu virus one could fall ill prior to the vaccination having a chance of working. Hence, many think that the vaccination was causal to the flu.

Even several types of virus-caused infections could lead to flu-similar sickness though it is not flu and the flu shot would not be protecting against it

People need to understand that the influenza vaccination is not capable of producing flu infection since it is lifeless with only the protein present in it. Hence most of these cases are sheer happenstance – either the shot didn’t get the time to take effect or the person contracted flu-similar infection.

The FluMist Inhalable Vaccine – Does it have the animate virus & could a person develop flu after its use

FluMist is a great choice for individuals in good health, below fifty years of age and who have not conceived. Although the virus is animate, its modification has been done so that it merely develops in the throat or nasal areas of the individuals and not getting inside the lungs. It is altered so that it cannot lead to lung infections.

Hence, following administration of the FluMist inhalable vaccine some extent of throat soreness may be experienced for 1-2 days however not causing flu alongside fever or coughing.

Is the current flu shot really necessary for people who have taken Flu shots in 2009 & earlier?

Since the flu virus is constantly evolving hence for better tackling it vaccinations are constantly updated.

Vaccination for 2009 differs from the current year’s shot. Trio varying viral forms could be causal to flu. Vaccinations protecting from these are part of the three-in-one seasonal flu shot. Any of the constituents are amended yearly since the virus that experts are keen on preventing continually change.

Regrettably, developing immunity to 1 of the viral forms in 2009 might not shield the person from 2010’s viral forms. Hence, continuously catching up is the need of the hour. Also perhaps one’s immunity tends to wane with passage of time, especially in case of vaccinations.

Scientists are still in the process of developing a single injection vaccination that has sensitivity to alterations in the virus which could shield for 5 years to a decade.

For People who contracted the infection at the time of swine flu epidemic is it yet necessary to get vaccinated with the current year’s flu vaccination

It is necessary even for these people to get vaccinated in the current year. In case one had contracted the flu at the time of the epidemic, one has possibly developed immunity to the swine flu virus. However there are several infections aping influenza & it might be other viral forms making the person ill. Not every infection mimicking flu is essentially flu.

Possibly scores of individuals contracted H1N1 flu infection last year, however it is tricky is deciphering which individuals contracted swine flu and those who developed flu-similar conditions – till they have undergone a viral  culture testing for corroborating the real presence of swine flu in their body.

The current’s year vaccination provides shielding from duo other flu viral forms. Also those who contracted swine flu last year would definitely not want to fall ill this year. Also individuals who contracted swine flu in 2009 would have boosted their immunity to the H1N1 constituent of the seasonal shot & hence these people would be getting added immunity from the other duo constituents of the shot.