We all know that the flu is a mysterious thing, especially if there are many people who believe in nonsense and myths. Some people don’t want to get the vaccine, because they believe it’s not going to work. Some believe they don’t need it because they’re too healthy. Some believe it will make them sick – more than they already are. These are all myths.
The flu, or influenza, is made out of a lot of complicated viruses. Some of them cause a mild coldlike illness. With others, we’re talking about worldwide pandemics – and many other respiratory viruses, and it’s not the classic flu we’re talking about.
The influenza viruses mutate without any kind of warning, so it’s not always the same. It’s not the same one you’re fighting, you’re constantly fighting different kinds of viruses.
It really depends on how scientists see this matter. During the months in which the experts decide which flu shot to include, those viruses can mutate, and new strains can show up, and this means that the vaccine is less effective than it was originally planned. This is the case from last year – it was initially 40% effective overall, but in the end, that percentage decreased to 25%. This led to many deaths and hospitalization among kids.
What are the studies showing?
Some experts say that these numbers can be confusing and can sometimes even distract the vaccines. In good years, people that get the flu shot are 60% less likely to go to the doctor for the flu.
Many other studies have shown that children are half as likely to die if they get vaccinated, adults are five times more likely to die if they don’t get vaccinated, and pregnant women are less likely to be hospitalized if they get vaccinated (with this one, they also protect their babies).
Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.