The Flu Bug is Coming
Getting the flu can be a big problem, especially for seniors whose immune system may be weaker due to age. That is why people, 65 years and older, are more susceptible to the flu. Flu symptoms like fever or feverish feeling, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting, make people miserable. The best way to avoid these is to get a flu shot.
Will I Get Sick From the Flu Shot?
Serious reactions to the flu shot are rare. The most common reaction in adults is soreness, redness or swelling at the spot where the shot was given. This usually lasts less than two days. This initial soreness is most likely the result of the body’s early immune response to a foreign substance entering the body. Less frequently people may experience a slight fever and aches. These symptoms begin after the shot and last 1 to 2 days.
I Don’t Want To Get The Flu Shot Because It Will Give Me The Flu!
There are several reasons why someone might get a flu-like illness after vaccination. There are other viruses in the environment that produce flu-like symptoms, like a rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. The flu vaccine will only protect against flu virus not a cold virus.
It is also possible that before one gets a flu shot, he/she was exposed to the flu but did not yet have symptoms. Symptoms may not show up for 5 to 7 days after exposure. That’s why it is important to get your flu shot early.
The flu shot protects against many strains of flu but not all in a given year. That is why someone may get the flu even though they have had a flu shot.
Labor Day is September 7
Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September. It started as an organized laborers’ parade in New York City in 1882. Over 10,000 people gave up a day’s pay to march in that parade. This began a string of annual labor festivals across the country. Till in 1896, Grover Cleveland signed into law, Labor Day, as a national holiday. Kudos to all people who have worked hard to contribute to the strength and prosperity of our country.