Wildcat Nation Volume 1 Issue 1 - Page 13

As flu season approaches, many people rush to their local pharmacy or doctor’s office in order to get their flu shot. The flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop about two weeks after getting the vaccination; this helps the immune system be capable of being able to handle the virus within the body. People have different reasons for whether or not they will be going to get their vaccination within the next couple of weeks.

There are very few reasons from a medical standpoint as to why one should not get the influenza vaccine, but there are plenty of reasons why one should get this vaccination. For most people, missing work or school puts one behind their peers and can cause a loss of money and knowledge. All it takes is one form of prevention to save these losses. This causes the cost of the flu virus itself to be much greater than that of a simply contracting the virus. Also, not getting the vaccination might cause students to miss days of school, days which are vital for those who seek to be best prepared for their classes. Not only do students miss days of important learning, they also miss out on practices for extra-curricular activities, such as Kik Kats, football, volleyball, marching band and more. Absences can cause many problems for students who work; they will be missing more than just the loss of money. The moral of the story is, getting the flu shot is much easier than not getting it simply to avoid a small little needle stick.

Sniffle, Sniffle,

Sneeze,

Cough!

Should You Get Your Flu Shot?

By Katie Johnson