What really causes the flu?

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What really causes the flu?

Jazmin Morales, Staff Writer

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More than nine million Americans become ill from the flu virus every single year. Not to mention… Do the citizens try to prevent from getting the flu? Why do people not take advantage of free flu shots at local nearby you pharmacies? Studies show only forty-two percent of adults get the flu shot every year and that is less than half of Americans trying to prevent from becoming ill. You may go based off what everyone around you may be saying especially during “flu season.” “The flu shot made me sick. It doesn’t even work.” “If I get the flu, I can just treat it with antibiotics.“ “Healthy people don’t need a flu shot.” Let us break these myths and inform you on factual pharmacist vocables. Also known as a person who is professionally qualified to prepare medications and discuss it. You may wonder, how does the flu shot exactly take place in my body?

“The vaccine produces an immune response to the influenza virus other words, the vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after getting the shot; once you get the shot and it is developed it can help you from contaminating the virus.” Pharmacy Technician, Melina Mora said.

Many people are not informed about how the medication they are taking is made, or how it takes place in their bodies. All they know is what the symptoms come with the medication, it may or may not make them feel better, or just how awful it tastes

Many say getting the shot will make you obtained to containing the virus. False, that is a myth and an inactivated virus cannot give you the flu. How may you still become ill you may ask? “One reason is that some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides flu such as rhinoviruses, which are associated with the common cold, cause symptoms similar to flu, and also spread and cause illness during the flu season. The flu vaccine only protects against influenza, not other illnesses.”

In other words, you are becoming sick from another illness rather than influenza (known as the flu). Another way to be infected is being exposed to the virus shortly before from obtaining the flu shot or during the two week period when the antibiotics have not kicked in just yet. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacist highly recommend getting a flu shot to avoid the illness as much as you can. If you have obtained the flu or have been around someone infected with the sickness, you know it is not any fun; it is best to rather be safe than sorry.