Perhaps only parents of young children are aware of the burgeoning vaccine controversy (such as mercury being present in many vaccine formulas), but what about the pros and cons of the ever-popular flu vaccine? Influenza strikes young and old alike and the vaccine is recommended for people of almost all ages. What’s so good – or bad – about it?
Pros of Getting a Flu Shot:
Immunizing high-risk people may prevent many unnecessary death from the flu.
Flu shots may decrease your chance of actually getting the flu, which in turn decreases the risk of upper respiratory disease, work absenteeism and doctor visits.
Cons of Getting the Flu Shot:
The majority of flu vaccines made for the U.S. market contain a small amount of thimerosal (which contains mercury). About 50 million thimerosal-free doses have been made, so ask your health care provider how to get one of these.
Just because you have a flu shot doesn’t mean you won’t catch the flu. The vaccine might immunize you for a different strain from what is going around this year.
The flu vaccine is created in egg protein, so people with chicken and egg allergies should not get the shot.
Whether you get the shot or not, the best way to stay healthy this cold and flu season is to boost your immune system. Exercise, eat well, take Vitamins C and A and probiotics, reduce your stress levels and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget that maintaining a positive attitude can benefit your health as well. And stay away from the candy!
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