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  • Today i'm going to have a Influenza Vaccination. This should help me fight infections i may contract later on this year.
  • The reason flu is spread so easily is because flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. This process can happen up to 6 feet away. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
  • ,Im a little bit nervous about my vaccination but i know it will be for the best. It is important for me to have this vaccination as flu can be spread really easily. Could you tell me how flu is spread so easily?
  • Ok. Now i'm going to give you the injection and it'll only take two seconds.......... There! All done. Now before you go do you have any questions?
  • Of course. A vaccination works by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies. Antibodies are substances which are produced by our body and they help us fight diseases. Within a vaccination is a small dose of the virus (influenza) and if your body should come into contact with influenza. Your immune system will recognize it and immediately be able to fight the disease its self by literally engulfing the disease organisms without the help of a 3rd party's involvement (Doctors/nurses).
  • Yes. Can you please tell me how this vaccination works?
  • All medicines have side effects. However, vaccines are among the safest and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risk of side effects. Some potential risks are the side affects they can include. Itching, sickness and a slight temperature are among the most common. Most of these side affects are mild and short lived but it is natural for any person to see list of risks but not take into consideration the benefits. By having a vaccination you are protecting your self against some virus' that can be really harmful and in some cases lethal. A study in 2010 in America showed since influenza type B's vaccination was introduced, Cases of the virus had decreased by 98.6%. Without a vaccination you don't only risk yourself, but others around you can also contract a virus just as quick as you did. So If you save yourself your saving your surroundings.
  • Is there any risk to having this vaccination? What are the benefits?
  • Antibiotics don’t fight viruses – they fight bacteria. Using antibiotics for viruses can put you at risk of getting a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment. They are not effective against virus' because virus' are not alive. Bacteria is a living, reproducing lifeform . A virus is just a piece oF DNA. A virus injects its DNA into a living cell and has that cell reproduce more of the viral DNA. With a virus there is nothing to kill, so antibiotics dont work on it.
  • So why couldn't i just take antibiotic tablets?
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