Needle me this.
Our busy lives demand we stay healthy. We can either spend 4 to 14 days experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, coughs, runny nose, body aches, chills and fatigue, and possibly even infect vulnerable individuals around us, or we can get the shot.
What if I’m already healthy?
A healthy diet and lifestyle is not enough to keep the flu at bay. Consider the intelligen
ce of a virus, an organism that can enter the wall of our cells, imitate its DNA structure, then reprogram its mechanism for immune defense. A virus can tirelessly transform, depending upon its host, and rapidly mutate to maintain its survival. Sometimes this is a good thing ˗ as viruses also assist necessary bacteria in their ability to evolve (Lieff, 2012 and Crosta, 2009).
Latest in Flu Fashion.
Each year the Center for Disease Control, along with the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization monitor popular strains of flu viruses from around the world and make a prediction as to which strains will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. A vaccine is designed to specifically address these strains. It is true that flu shots can only prevent certain strains, the latest mutations, of the debilitating disease (Be Well Buzz, 2011). But preventing any strains of this disease could be a matter of life or death.
Ouch vs. Out Sick.
In rare cases, flu shots can cause temporary flu-like symptoms. This is a sign of our own immune system kicking in, as it learns and adapts to fight the tiny bit of (killed) strain injected into our bodies. Feeling yucky for an hour or two beats losing out on a couple of weeks of life, and possibly infecting others. It is also true that current flu vaccines contain toxins, such as mercury, commonly found in fish. These are eliminated through a healthy body’s natural detoxification system (Habron, 2012). Overall, the pros outweigh the cons.
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