I like to begin class with a Q/A. A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example:
Q/A: How many of you have had your flu shot this year?
Teacher Response. This is called self-reporting. Some people are not comfortable self-reporting anything. Keep this in mind when you see any poll about any subject. People aren’t necessarily telling the truth or answering the question. For some people, vaccination is a controversial subject because some doubt their safety and effectiveness. They don’t want to explain their decision; it might offend someone, yada, yada, yada. I have no problem with that. People have their reasons, leave them alone.
Teacher Notes: This morning 11/18/2019 on Good Morning America, one of the news stories was, If you haven’t volunteered for this season’s flu shot, get it now. Why? It is now the end of the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere (below the equator). It’s been a very good year for the flu—lot’s and lot’s of people got sick. That’s an indication of what may happen in the Northern Hemisphere.
Q/A: Can the Flu Vaccine cause the Flu?
According to the CDC it takes a couple of weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect, and in that period, someone who has been vaccinated might come down with the flu before their immunity kicks in. That’s why my family gets immunized every September since my daughter became a diabetic at age 5. We take no chances.
Q/A: How effective is the Flu Vaccine?
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First the good news, “In a good year, the flu vaccine is 60% effective, meaning that people who get it are 60% less likely to get sick.” Now the bad news, “The last time it worked that well was in the 2010-11 flu season. Because the vaccine must be formulated months in advance, by the time it’s administered, the viruses it’s intended to thwart may have mutated, or a surprising strain may have become dominant, reducing the vaccines’ effectiveness. Last season, it was only 29% effective. The year before, it was 38% effective.” WSJ For Flu Shots, There’s Safety in Numbers
Q/A: So, why should anyone get the Flu Vaccine?
Today’s Good morning American answered that question. The shot not only lessens the severity of flu symptoms it can also reduce the risk of complication of the flu which can lead to hospitalization and even death.
2017-18 flu season 960,000 people were hospitalized
79,000 people died
27,778 children aged 4 and younger were hospitalized with the flu
Something to consider about vaccinations as you make your personal decision to vaccinate or not. It was/is the greatest health improvement of the 20th century. People were protected from whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, chicken pox and the flu. Vaccinated populations protects the vulnerable which are babies, pregnant woman, children, seniors, people with immunity problems. Recently in my community, an unvaccinated middle school student was sent home from school with measles. The county immediately sent home 7 pregnant women working at that school. They are not allowed back til sometime in December. Every student thought to have been exposed to this student has been sent home. Another unvacinated student from that school has also been diagnosed with measles. There are consequences for every decision.