I really enjoyed this video by Verge Science, which I found to be very informative and interesting. It is good to see that we are getting closer to a universal flu vaccine that can either reduce the frequency with which we need to be vaccinated, and/or increase the efficacy of each shot. The flu virus is fascinating because of how frequently it changes and how poorly our bodies are able to cope with the infection when we get it. The flu makes us feel miserable as our body floods our systems with defenses against the aggressive virus. Many people die every year because of something they can catch from someone else’s breath, which reminds me of just how fragile human life is.
If you haven’t gone in for a flu vaccine yet, please do so. It is critical not only for your health, but to protect those that are unable to get the vaccine (like babies) through herd immunity.
You can still get the flu after being vaccinated (but it is impossible to get the flu from the vaccine), but your symptoms should be lessened and your likelihood of being hospitalized is reduced.
Just because you “never get the flu” doesn’t mean you can’t, and it doesn’t mean that you won’t infect someone else that may die because of it. I “never die” but I still take steps to try and stick around a bit longer.