Flu shots are non negotiable
It’s that time of year again when the leaves start changing, the UGG boots come out and a symphony of sneezes and coughs begin to fill the back of every classroom. As germs spread more students become infected with symptoms. For most the flu is easily fought off and affects no more than a short few days worth of lost productivity. However for others the flu can mean weeks upon weeks of sickness, treatments and a carefully timed schedule of medicine. There is no reason beside medical necessity that every healthy person shouldn’t be getting their flu immunization yearly.
To dispel a couple myths right at the outset the answer is no, flu shots do not make you sick with the flu and never getting the flu doesn’t mean you don’t need the immunization all this according to the Center for Disease Control. The flu is not an innocuous illness because in many cases of people being immune suppressed due to preexisting conditions, age, or drug regimes such as chemotherapy the flu can lead to serious complications and not uncommonly death. Current society is beyond lucky to exist in a time where dying from a cough is no longer necessary however as we humans get further away from that reality we begin to forget just how devastating common ailments can be.
Creating a vast herd immunity is the only way to effectively prevent the illness of those who are immunosuppressed or unable to get the vaccination for medical reasons. Herd immunity is the idea that if every healthy person gets immunized against a disease then the spread of the disease will be vastly limited. By taking part in vaccinations, even if you don’t normally get sick, citizens can help create a stronger herd immunity and prevent themselves from becoming a carrier of the illness. If every student at RIC who is medically able to get the flu vaccine receives it then the spread of the illness would not only be contained but also the probability of a peer who is at risk for complications due to contracting the flu will also diminish.
As members of society, as people who work with the public or are consistently around the public, it is necessary that all medically able people vaccinated themselves against the flu. If not for yourself then do it for your peers who may be chronically sick or who may interact with someone who is chronically and who may view the flu as a serious death sentence.
Flu shots are available, usually for free, through the school via the Health Services’ annual flu shot clinic on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.