What does the above title mean? A client recently said he liked, “living on the edge”, when I asked him if he had had his flu shot. He and others have told me that they “never take a flu shot”. Are they depending on the rest of us who do get the shots? If enough people receive a shot then the flu will die out?
Hmmm is this true?
Many years ago I missed getting my flu shot due to having a cold that I just couldn’t shake. When I felt better it was January and I felt the flu season had run its course. Yikes!! I came down with it in February along with about 20 other people that I worked with.
All of us had been “living on the edge.” I was out of work for three weeks. Never again do I miss my shot.
One of the deadliest natural disasters in human history occurred during the years 1918 to 1920 when three to five percent of the worlds population died from the flu. That’s about 50 to 100 million people dying. The information concerning the 1918 Swine Flu outbreak resembled the influenza pandemics of 1889 and 1847.
When it came to treating influenza patients the medical field were at a loss.
There was no treatment except to make the sick person comfortable. Vicks, belladonna, cough syrups, honey and whiskey and many home remedy’s were used. In fact prior to antibiotics in the 1940’s there was very little treatment for infections but since influenza is a viral infection even antibiotics would not have helped.
Moving to modern day, we find that flu viruses have been mutating and changing into new strains causing scientists to work harder to develop new and stronger vaccines. For the current 2014-2015 flu season the vaccines that most people receive are called “trivalent” vaccine since it offers protection against three different viruses.
OK, why should you get the flu shot?
Because no one wants to be sick, inconvenienced from working and or die from the flu. In addition if you come down with the flu you can infect your family and loved ones. You are contagious before the symptoms are noted. Children, especially under age five, the elderly, pregnant women, people with cancer, diabetes and asthma are at high risk for developing the flu.
A frequent comment I hear is, “The last time I had the flu shot I developed the flu.”. Sorry, this is impossible, the flu vaccine is not a live virus so whatever made you sick was not the flu shot. If you are allergic to eggs or developed Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome in the past then skip the shot.
Many people are afraid of receiving shots of any kind. This needle phobia can be treated very easily with hypnosis. It is estimated that at least 10% of American adults have a fear of needles. Every September when students need to have their required immunizations or if they are attending medical type programs, I get a rash of phone calls; “Can you help me?” The answer is , “Yes, hypnosis can deal with “needle phobias.”
If you are still resistant to protecting yourself with the flu vaccine then the following is recommended.
- wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
- keep a few feet away from people who are sick
- wash handles, phones and anything that is shared by others with a disinfectant
- stay home when you are sick
- cover your mouth and nose when sneezing
- avoid touching your hands to your nose or mouth
- get plenty of rest and stay away from crowds
Remember it is up to all of us to protect ourselves and those we come in contact with.
Ruth B. Carr RN can be contacted at Behavior Options Hypnosis 203-915-0480.
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