‘Should you get a flu shot and do you need one?’ was a post I wrote back in November 2016. A lot has happened since then but there is a good video here and some information that may help if we ever have to decide about a vaccine in the future.
So Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are both going for a shot at the title on November 8th but have they thought about whether they should go for a flu shot?
80 – 90 % of flu related deaths are in the ‘over 65’ category. So, Trump at 70 and Clinton at 68, are both in an ‘at risk category’ of flu this year. Trump and Clinton have not divulged whether they have had the shot or not. I know they must be busy right now but they should make time to consider the options.
Who should get a flu shot?
National flu campaigns have begun. Every country has them. And that’s for a good reason. In the US, 200,000 are hospitalised because of the flu. Although the biggest at risk category is the over 65’s who have certain medical conditions, other groups of people are also at risk of the flu virus. People with chronic diseases like heart, kidney or liver disease, people with asthma or respiratory problems, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems e.g. AIDS and HIV, cancer patients, pregnant women and very young children.