The Value of a Flu Shot


Emily Larson

Students at BSM face cold symptoms during the chilly winter months.

As the temperature drops so does everyone’s immune system, which is the beginning of the ever-dreaded flu season. With busy schedules consisting of winter sports, upcoming finals, and Christmas just around the corner, this time is especially susceptible to catch viruses. This winter season many people are up in the air whether to receive or not to receive a flu shot. It is definitely in your best interest to get the vaccine.

The flu is something most students want to avoid, but it seems to be impossible to dodge. The flu is spread through germs, which can get into the body through touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The best way to avoid the flu: the flu vaccine. It gives you protection against H1N1 and two other influenza viruses. The most effective way to prevent the flu is a flu shot, but a nasal spray is also offered. After getting a flu shot, the immune system gets antibodies that fight and protects from the virus in which the vaccine injected into your body.

Many have a false misconception that getting a flu shot will give one the flu. The shot may give someone flu like symptoms such as aches and a fever, but these symptoms are rare. The shot contains killed viruses, which the body then fights off, but sometimes it reacts differently to the vaccine. The flu is a virus that changes and evolves; that’s why it is important to receive a flu vaccine when the winter season approaches.It’s only the start of the flu season and many students are already out of school sick. “There are about 20 kids out right now, but it’s the beginning so it will increase throughout the season” Ms. Jacobson, Senior High Attendance Supervisor said.

Receiving a flu shot is not only the way to protect the body this winter season such as washing hands often with soap and water, using hand sanitizer often, and keep your hands away from eyes, nose, or mouth. “The flu shot makes me cry every time, but it’s worth getting it to stay healthy” said junior Jenny Tourville.