The health officials have warned people about the potential severe flu this season. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s officials advised people to get their flu shots as it takes few weeks to build immunity to the flu virus in your body.
The deputy state epidemiologist, Dr. Ann Garvey said, “Influenza makes Iowans sick every year.” Garvey added, “Almost everyone over 6 months should be getting vaccinated.”
However, it is difficult for medical experts to predict what type of severe flu season it will be, the researchers are analyzing the patterns of the flu in the southern hemisphere which faced the severe flu season.
Garvey said, “Particularly in Australia, that is, unfortunately, an indication that we may have a more severe season here in Iowa as well.”
As the winter is on its way and people are more likely to be in close contact with each other and will be in indoors.
Anthony Damrow from Des Moines said, “I live with a senior, and I also live with a toddler, and I don’t want to pass it on, you know, if I get infected I could bring it home to them.”
Damrow and Julie Oswalt got their flu shot as their company offered the flu shot for free. Oswalt said, “It just kind of helps keep the impact of the flu down in the office as far as absenteeism.”
However, there are many people who think that get a flu shot isn’t necessary. Just like Kelly Callison, of Des Moines, Kelly did not get the flu shot as she believed that it’s not that much important.
Callison said, “I don’t think you need constant medication and immunization. I think it’s a personal choice.”
According to the medical experts, in some cases, people can still get the influenza virus even if they get their flu shot. But it will be helpful to minimize the symptoms and slow down virus from getting spread.