Vaccinate your children please

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As winter creeps in, flu season does too. The flu has affected around 6.5 million people this year alone, with 55,000 hospitalization’s. According to KSL.com, 2019-2020 flu season will be and has been one of the worst researchers have seen. 

In the US alone, studies have shown that over 2,900 people have died of the flu. As the numbers continue to slowly rise doctors and researchers conclude that the last 3 years have been the peak of influenza. 

Some say that it’s possible for this peak to relieve itself and go back down, but until then the amount of influenza rises and comes close to the 2017-2018 season, which were the worst and most severe year for the flu. 

As CDC continues their research, they suggest for everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot. According to the Mayo Clinic getting the flu shot is the best way to avoid influenza, but it’s only around 50-60% effective. 

They also say that it’s best to receive the flu shot by the end of October for the best results, because the flu outbreaks usually hit in mid to late December, spreading through February. 

Many similar complaints to those who received the flu shot have reason to believe that the flu shot itself gave them influenza, but researchers assure those who believe so that it is not possible. 

The Mayo Clinic explains that after receiving the flu shot, it takes about two weeks to take full effect, so if you are exposed to influenza during that time you do have a higher chance of catching the virus. If you receive the shot but still get the flu, the symptoms aren’t as bad.

Influenza is no fun for anyone, receiving the flu shot doesn’t only help you, but those around you. And nobody wants the flu. Stay warm and protect yourself from the influenza virus.