Hope you’re feeling good and enjoying yourself.
Mild, and sunny here in Florida. The last few days it’s been 78 to 80 during the day, and edging down to the 60’s and higher 50’s by late night. This weather is going down real easy, let me tell ya…
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been getting an annual flu shot since I turned 58…
Which was the same year I nearly passed through the gates of Zion from congestive heart failure. Until my heart crisis, I catcalled health officials, and my doctor’s pleas, for playing it safe by getting a harmless little influenza vaccine.
Truth is, I used to take perverse pride of my mule headed stubbornness…
It’s a family tradition kinda thing.
Anyway, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned near death experience to help a guy question whether he’s really the smartest dude in the room.
But, I did kinda smartened up enough to start listening to some people who had spend years studying and practicing health care. One of the things I heard soon after my congestive heart episode, was the danger of heart patients getting the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a range of flu-related deaths in the thousands annually in the United States. The rate of flu-related complications is even higher among people with heart disease…” Source
Right now, in the midst of the ebola health scare, health officials have been reminding the public that for the last 10 flu seasons, the average number of deaths from influenza was a shocking 32,743 per year. Source
Even more shocking, to me anyway, is how many of those flu deaths could have been prevented by a proven solution: an influenza vaccine! (
Won’t Can’t speculate on possible outcomes from the complexity of those flu related fatalities and if a shot would’ve prevented them)
Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and an influenza B virus. And, there are also other flu vaccines available: Click Here To Read More
Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available….”
I’ve always taken the traditional shot, and haven’t had a touch of flu since I started taking them. The shots are painless and they rarely give shotees any flu-like symptoms that were common in the early years of the vaccine.
People At High Risk From Getting Flu:
- people with asthma
- People with: disorders of the brain; spinal cord ailments; nerve disorders; muscle problems like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, stroke victims, intellectual disabilities, or muscular dystrophy
- people with obstructive pulmonary disease
- people with congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease
- people with kidney and liver problems
- For a more detailed list Click Here
So, if you’re in the ‘people at risk’ list, it’s probably important you get a flu shot, like I do. Click Here If You Want More Reasons
Let me end this by saying “I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you.
Still, I hope to inspire you in some small way.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome…