Many Young Adults Skipping Flu Shot

flu shot injectionA recent analysis by a non-profit group revealed that only 35.7 percent of adult’s ages 18-46 years old were injected with the flu shot last season.

The Flu Shot (Influenza Vaccine)

Flu shot is usually administered in the arm. The manufacturers represent that the vaccine is designed to protect against three to four influenza viruses.

There are two different kinds of influenza vaccines. The first is called Live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), this is sprayed into the nose. The viruses in the LAIV vaccine have been weakened so it can’t make you sick.

The other is called “The flu shot”, which is an inactive vaccine.

There is a chance of side effects after receiving either vaccination. According the CDC mild side effects include:

Children and Adolescents 2-17 years of age:

  • Runny nose, nasal congestion cough
  • Fever
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Wheezing
  • Abdominal pain or occasional vomiting or diarrhea

Adults 18-49 years of age:

  • Runny nose, nasal congestion or cough
  • Sore throat
  • Cough, chills, tiredness/weakness
  • Headache

Statistics

Only one third of American Adults between the ages 18-64 received the flu shot during 2012-2013 flu season.

Jeffery Levi, executive director of TFAH, a non-profit health group, believes that the trend of low vaccination rates among younger adults is troubling because they are now more at risk for developing the flu.

However, receiving the vaccine can pose a lot of potential health risks.   Many studies have shown that the flu shot has caused a number of health problems such as, miscarriages, narcolepsy, Alzheimer’s disease along with other neurological disorders.

It is important to understand the potential health risks that come with getting vaccinated.

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