Getting your annual flu vaccination is an important and necessary responsibility you have in order to preserve the public’s ‘herd immunity’ as well as protect yourself from contracting a nasty virus. As you may know, seasonal influenza can be crippling if allowed to roam freely and therefore we undertake several public health measures, like flu vaccinations, in order to minimise its negative impact.
However, it never hurts to try and be as prepared as possible for your immunisation shot so that it all goes smoothly and is as effective as possible. The following will take a look at additional information on getting a flu vaccination so that you can be as informed as possible.
First of all, a flu vaccination DOES NOT lead to autism
In recent years, there has been a global controversy around the safety of many immunization shots, including the annual one made to combat seasonal influenza. While it may have started as a legitimate concern for parents who are immunising their children for the first time, the supposed link between ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and immunisation shots has not been discovered.
In order to put the matter to rest, several studies have been conducted specifically to re-test for a link. Even so, many parents in the ‘anti-vax’ crowd are stubborn and convinced that the medical establishment has been compromised by corrupt corporate interests that want more children to get autism so they can be sold drugs.
One particular ingredient in a lot of immunisation shots is known as thimerosal and it is used as a preservative to stop vials from contaminating one another. It was briefly removed or reduced in shots due to a public health initiative the limit the exposure of children to mercury, and this was done as a precaution before it was found out thimerosal poses no danger.
Because you can twist this information to write a headline like “did you know thimerosal was banned in the past” so as to discredit the current use of completely safe flu vaccinations. There is a great deal of misinformation out there, particularly on the internet where it is easy for someone to find a platform and spread lies.
What is ‘herd immunity’?
Herd immunity is a term that originated when speaking about the spread of disease between herds of livestock like cows or sheep. The basic principle is that when the majority of community has an immunity to something, it means that those who can’t be immunised for whatever reason are still protected because they won’t catch it from the rest of society.
Failing to get your flu vaccination undermines the herd immunity of your community, so it is essential that you are diligent about getting it done. Without herd immunity, many vulnerable people who can’t get the shot would be at risk. For example, while you may be able to survive influenza, if you pass it to an elderly person who can’t get the shot they might die.
If you are a boss who manages employees, then you know that seasonal influenza can be a killer for productivity when everyone starts calling in sick. For this reason, corporate flu vaccinations have become increasingly popular as a means of collectively immunising an entire workforce at once so that there’s no risk of cross-infection and so that worker absenteeism is minimised.
There you have it. Hopefully the above information has given you some valuable insight into the importance of getting a flu vaccination. If you have further questions of concerns about the shot, speak to your doctor.