Considering a flu shot? Highly recommended if you have asthma or are from 6 months to 5 years of age

James Thompson, MD Health Pro

    At the time of this posting (October-07) flu shots have arrived and are being given to many people around the nation. We have not had a severe flu epidemic in several years (so we are long overdue). A few years ago there was a tremendous scare that there would not be enough flu vaccine to handle a possibly bad flu season (there was a delay and shortage in the vaccine at that time).

    Did you know more than 20,000 people in the U.S. die from the flu annually? The severe and near fatal attacks are not limited to the elderly.

    Young people between the ages of 6 months and 5 years are also considered high risk according the Centers for Disease Control CDC.

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    My asthma patients are encouraged to ge the flu shot every year. The presence of a chronic medical condition (especially respiratory or heart) increases the risk of severe illness and death if the flu is contracted.

    Please do not deny yourself the protection from the vaccine based on out-dated and erroneous information from others. Do your own research.

    Millions of people get the flu shot without having severe reactions. Moderate to severe reactions are very uncommon. You cannot get the full blown flu syndrome from the current flu shot because they are comprised of KILLED vaccine particles. There is no live virus in the FDA approved flu vaccine, for injection. Go to the CDC website, or check out the posting on my infosite: for more information.

    Flu shots save lives!


Published On: October 06, 2007