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SITREP-Flu Shots

October 20, 2019


♪♪♪ HI AND WELCOME TO SITREP,
ARMY NEWS THAT EFFECTS YOU! EVERY YEAR AROUND THIS TIME YOU
HEAR THE SAME THING, “GET YOUR FLU SHOTS!” THEY’RE MANDATORY
AND FOR GOOD REASONS. THE U.S ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH
CENTER SAYS THAT EVERY YEAR IN THE U-S 5 TO 20 PERCENT OF THE
POPULATION GETS THE FLU AND ABOUT 36,000 PEOPLE DIE AS A
RESULT OF FLU-RELATED CAUSES. GETTING VACCINATED ALSO PROTECTS
PEOPLE AROUND YOU, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO
SERIOUS FLU ILLNESS, LIKE BABIES AND YOUNG
CHILDREN, OLDER PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE WITH
HEALTH CONDITIONS. YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING, WHY DO
I NEED A FLU SHOT EVERY YEAR? TWO REASONS. FIRST, THE BODY’S IMMUNE
RESPONSE FROM VACCINATION DECLINES OVER TIME, SO AN ANNUAL
VACCINE IS NEEDED FOR OPTIMAL PROTECTION. SECOND, BECAUSE FLU VIRUSES ARE
CONSTANTLY CHANGING, FOR THE BEST PROTECTION, EVERYONE 6 MONTHS AND OLDER SHOULD GET VACCINATED
EVERY YEAR. CAN A FLU SHOT GIVE YOU THE FLU? NO, A FLU SHOT
CANNOT CAUSE THE FLU. FLU VACCINES ARE MADE WITH
EITHER A VIRUS THAT HAS BEEN INACTIVATED OR WITH
NO VIRUSES AT ALL! THE MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
FROM GETTING THE FLU SHOT ARE SORENESS OR REDNESS WHERE THE
SHOT WAS GIVEN OR A LOW-GRADE FEVER, HEADACHE AND MUSCLE
ACHES MAY ALSO OCCUR. WHAT ABOUT PREGNANT WOMEN? THE FLU SHOT HELPS PROTECT WOMEN
DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY. GETTING VACCINATED ALSO PROTECTS
THE DEVELOPING BABY DURING PREGNANCY AND FOR SEVERAL
MONTHS AFTER THE BABY IS BORN. WHAT ABOUT IF YOU’RE
ALLERGIC TO EGGS? YES, YOU CAN GET THE SHOT. PEOPLE WITH EGG ALLERGIES
CAN RECEIVE ANY LICENSED, RECOMMENDED AGE-APPROPRIATE
INFLUENZA VACCINE. PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEVERE EGG
ALLERGIES SHOULD BE VACCINATED IN A MEDICAL SETTING AND BE
SUPERVISED BY A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WHO IS ABLE TO
RECOGNIZE AND MANAGE SEVERE ALLERGIC CONDITIONS. FOR ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AND
THEN SOME GO TO THE WEBSITES BELOW AND BE SURE TO CHECK WITH
YOUR INSTALLATION’S MEDICAL FACILITY TO FIND OUT MORE ON
WHERE AND WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE YOUR FLU SHOT. GOT QUESTIONS OR TOPIC
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2 Comments

  • Reply Varus December 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    If the flu is constantly mutating differently for each person then what good does the vaccine do?

  • Reply christine merkel April 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    There hasn’t been sufficient testing on pregnant women taking the flu shot and could cause real damage. Please don’t recommend this for them.

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