Each year, I make sure that every person in my family receives the flu vaccine. Here is a quick rundown of why1:
Flu is a serious illness that kills many people every year. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and infects somewhere between 9 and 60 million people every year in the U.S. Since 2010 there have been between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths every year in our country. Complications from the flu include encephalitis, pneumonia, and inflammation of the heart. People with underlying conditions like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes are especially at risk of developing complications.
One of the deadliest diseases in recorded human history was the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, which is estimated to have infected 500 million people worldwide, killing as many of 50 million people – including over 650,000 Americans. Go into virtually any, older cemetery and you will find young victims of the “Spanish Flu” epidemic. The potential harm caused by influenza is staggering.
Flu is nasty and will make you seriously uncomfortable even if it does not send you to the hospital. Most people who get the flu do not die. But most who get it do suffer. Many people are confused about what the […]