It is winter time – at least, in most parts of the country. There are some parts where winter is more like a legend or just a word on a calendar.
In many other places, winter is here in full force. And in many places, winter seems to be the interchangeable term with “flu.” Flu season takes on different forms virtually every year, and it is recommended that everyone get a flu shot each year in order to prevent disease.
Each year, the flu shot cocktail adjusts each year, according to the strains of flu that seem to be prevalent around the world before it descends on American shores. And with many other vaccines, those who get the shot are then infiltrated with several dormant strains of flu, which are designed to energize the immune system to fight the flu when it comes.
However, we know that when our bodies have diseases in them – even dormant ones – we run the risks of having the symptoms of the disease at some point. That can certainly be a side effect of flu shots, but there are others that may manifest themselves simply because every human body handles foreign invaders differently.
Most side effects that have been reported with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are generally considered mild and would usually clear up in a few days. Among these side effects are redness or soreness near where the shot is injected, along with possible headaches, fever or achy muscles. (You know, similar to the flu. Who knew?)
It is estimated that anywhere from 1 in 10 to 3 in 10 children may suffer fever as a side effect to the flu shot, which generally takes about two weeks to work through the system to defend against the flu when it comes. It is noted that if you are suffering from breathing difficulty or weakness, that might signify a possible allergic reaction, so any adverse effects in the days after a flu shot should be checked out by a medical professional just to make sure there isn’t anything more serious.
The last thing we all need in the winter season is the flu – other than symptoms that might be more serious than the flu. Our calendars are sometimes misleading; they have summer, spring, fall and winter listed, but they sometimes should be more “truthful” and lsit them as “allergy,” “hay fever” and “flu” seasons. Or maybe not.