|1918 Influenza Pandemic|
Influenza vaccine has caused deaths due to allergic reactions to a component in the vaccine; if you are allergic to any component of the Flu vaccine do not get a Flu shot. An allergic reaction can be life threatening. My advice to you is to take extra precautions not to be exposed to Flu during Flu season. Avoid crowds, especially in the grocery store. There are lots of sick people shopping for food in grocery stores. Another thing you can do is encourage the people around you to get Flu vaccine each year. People that have been vaccinated against Flu will not infect people around them. And the more people that are vaccinated the more people are protected due to a phenomenon called "herd immunity". If a certain portion of a population is vaccinated the rest of the population is protected.
In years past people at risk of contracting deadly Influenza were the very old, the very young and people with a chronic illness. Due to the emergence of H1N1 everyone is now at risk. I have seen Influenza kill a perfectly healthy 10 year old boy and modern medicine could do nothing to save him, but he would be alive today if he had received a Flu shot. Influenza is a deadly respiratory disease. People with Fibromyalgia are at higher risk of not surviving a bout of Influenza, plus if you get sick for the holidays you won't be having much fun! So, get your Flu shot now. I have had an annual Flu shot for the past 36 years and have not had a bout of Influenza since I started getting the vaccine.
So that's just a brief introduction to Influenza. If you want more information, the best resource is the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov. The CDC is a wealth of information. During this Flu season take good care and be well! Blessings to you!!