The annual flu season extravaganza is quickly approaching, making its debut around October (when weather starts to change) through the end of March. Well, it is not such a celebration, as a Panamanian fanfare to the drug store, doctor’s office and party at home in bed. Attitudes regarding ways to defend against the highly disliked but anticipated flu ranges from homeopathic techniques of natural herbs, vitamin D and Nettie pot nasal cleaning to the very omniscient flu shot now available in almost every drug store, many grocery stores and surprisingly, not at your local Starbucks. Though the way to fend against flus is a very controversial matter, I will simply list statistics and facts so people can decide for themselves the right avenues to take this up coming season.
What is Influenza/Flu
(HealthCentral.com) The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. In the U.S., flu outbreaks typically occur in winter months.
Flu/ Influenza Symptoms
Symptoms include fever, chills, sore muscles, and cough.
CNN Health reports that, “each year between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States and approximately 500,000 worldwide die from the flu and its complications.” Most of those who die are the elderly, young children, or people with compromised immune systems.
(The numbers reported by the CDC on death toll caused by influenza-estimated 35,000 is deemed by Mercola.com, as “grossly inaccurate, as it includes not just influenza death cases, but also other respiratory, circulatory, cardiac and pulmonary deaths that potentially might have been associated with influenza.”
British Medical Journal (2005) “Only a few hundred people die each year from Influenza.”
“The seasonal flu vaccines reduce the risk of illness in those vaccinated by about 60%.”-CDC
“There were only between 600 and 750 influenza deaths recorded annually between 1995 and 1997. The most influenza deaths recorded in a single year since 1979 was about 2,900 deaths and that was in 2009, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic year! Yet CDC policymakers, along with drug company and medical trade association lobbyists have continuously been using inflated influenza hospitalization and mortality estimates to justify expanding the influenza vaccine market.”(Mercola.com)
Each and every year, when influenza epidemic is worst than the year before, new strands of protection is produced and manufactured for the masses.
Flu vaccine only protected 47 percent of people who had the vaccinations last year. This statistic fared even worse with seniors over 65 years of age (NBCNews)
According to the CDC and American Medical Association, Greatest Risk Category:
Children under 2 years old, adults over 65, pregnant women and American Indians are at a greater risk of suffering from flu complications. People with medical conditions like asthma, lung disease, heart disease and people with weakened immune systems are also at risk.
- A standard flu shot
- A high-dose flu shot for those 65 and older
- An intradermal-administered shot for those who are needle-phobic
- A nasal spray
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Headache and muscle aches
- Abdominal pain
- Occasional vomiting
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat