The flu or influenza is an infection that affects the respiratory system and it is contagious. It’s caused by a variety of different flu viruses. With new strains every year, so many opponents may be reconsidering flu vaccinations. Even still there are some concerns as to the pros and cons of getting the shot. Read on to see some of the advantages and disadvantages of getting vaccinated to help you decide.

Types of Flu Virus

There are three types, virus A. B and C. Type C systems are less severe. The type B flu virus is more serve than type B and is only in humans only. Type A flu is the one that causes the most concern and it can be found in animals and humans. Type A is a virus that is constantly evolving and spread by people who are infected.

A Common Myth

A common myth about the flu vaccine is that one can get the flu if he or she get vaccinated. According to the NHS, this is simply not true because the flu strain that is in the vaccine is not active and therefore can’t be activated. What people may be feeling are flu like symptoms, such as feeling achy, fatigue and having a low grade fever that as a result of the body’s natural way of preparing for the real flu.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends vaccination as the first line of defense. However, it is worth mentioning some of the side effects or cons to getting the flu shot. CSL Biotherapies Inc., manufactures the flu vaccine and they report that 10 percent of adults will have a flu like reaction to the vaccine. In children this reaction can be much worse including, loss of appetite, fever, irritability, muscle aches and diarrhea.

A benefit to getting the flu vaccine, for healthy adults according to the CDC is that it reduces the risk of getting influenza up to 90 percent. So, it creates an added barrier to an already healthy environment. However, it is less effective for people with medical problems who have weak immune systems, and the elderly.