10. We do not clearly understand why the influenza virus is particularly capable is causing a violent over-reaction from the immune system. This reaction causes a dysfunctional immune system, which now can not fight off bacteria properly.
11. The number one cause of death is from a secondary lower respiratory infection, bacterial pneumonia. This peaks at about 14 days after the start of the influenza infection. So remember even though the virus is gone, the damage is still ongoing. Take care to prevent further complications.
12. Full recovery of the immune system takes at least 3-4 weeks, even for "minor" influenza infections.
13. Only about 40% of health care workers actually got the vaccination. Assuming the same health as the general populations, means that only under the half to health care workers actually got the influenza vaccine. This is shameful and bad preventative medicine, yet typical of our culture. In our office 75% of employees were vaccinate this year. I personally appealed to all of those who declined. None had a medical reason to not get vaccinated.
14. In 2007, 72% of people greater than 65 years old got an influenza vaccination. This was the most highest compliance of all age groups. They also need it the most.
15. Manufacturers are so certain Americans will not get their vaccinations that they made enough vaccine for only about half of the general population. Surveys of people show that only 52% even stated they would get the vaccination. So our societal behavior should change. " You must become the change you seek." M. Ghandi.
16. Only 36.2% of asthmatics received an influenza vaccination. In this high risk group, again, bad preventative medicine. We try hard to remind our patients to get a flu vaccination annually.
18. Your odds of avoiding are best if you: get a vaccination, wear at least a hat and scarf outside, use a N95 mask inside around people with colds or outside, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, and rinse your nasal passages frequently with lots of saline solution.
" Your odds of avoiding are best if you: get a vaccination, wear at least a hat and scarf outside, use a N95 mask inside around people with colds or outside, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, and rinse your nasal passages frequently with lots of saline solution."
That just sounds paranoid to me. I'll skip my flu shot again this year, thanks.