Influenza To Vaccinate Essay

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Influenza: To Vaccinate? Even though others believe it to be unsafe, I believe that everyone should receive the flu vaccination. Our health and the health of others depend on it; influenza is a much more serious disease than you might think, and it can even be deadly! The vaccine is safe and effective in reducing "Flu like" symptoms. I believe it is each and everyone’s responsibility to protect not only ourselves but our families, friends, neighbors, and others in the community as well from influenza. How do we protect those around us from influenza you ask? The best protection from Influenza, also called the flu, is excellent personal hygiene, washing our hands, covering our sneezes and coughs, and by getting everyone in your household vaccinated.…show more content…
Though less likely, you may also catch the flu virus by touching phones, door handles or other inanimate objects and then touching your own eyes, nose, or mouth. The incubation period for influenza is commonly 2 days but can range anywhere from one to four days from initial contact with the virus. Once the onset of symptoms occur, a person can transmit the virus for up to seven days, individuals may even be contagious one day prior to the onset of flu like symptoms. You’ll know when you have the flu once your symptoms start to appear. The flu begins abruptly, causing high fevers, generally 102 -106F, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and stiffness, chills, fatigue, malaise, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lack of appetite, and worsening of other illnesses such as heart failure or asthma. The fever will typically last up to five days. General body symptoms such as body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sweating should decrease at about the third day and respiratory symptoms should then begin to set in. The flu virus can emerge anywhere in the respiratory system, producing the indications of a cold, croup, sore throat, bronchitis, ear infections, or pneumonia, these symptoms should start to diminish at around four to seven days. The tiredness and coughing can lasts for weeks after the flu is

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