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Flu Shots Highly Recommended for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Almost everywhere you look, health care advocates are pushing the public to get immunized against flu shots. Parents of young children, the children themselves, and the elderly are all being urged to protect themselves from the harsh impact of influenza, and the benefits of herd immunity are being reported on national news. Every pharmacy, supermarket and community center seems to be offering flu shots to the public. But what about those who are suffering from a serious condition? What are the recommendations for mesothelioma sufferers and those who care for them?

According to a panel of experts speaking at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s regional conference, held in Chicago this past October tenth, the only people in a mesothelioma patient’s life who should not get a flu vaccination are those who have an overriding medical reason not to take the vaccine. This advice is backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that everyone over the age of six months old should get the flu shot, and that it is even more important for high-risk individuals to have its valuable protection. High risk individuals include anybody who is at risk for serious complications such as pneumonia from getting the flu. The people at high risk include those 65 or older, pregnant women, people whose immune systems are weakened, people with asthma, people with chronic heart or lung conditions, and caregivers of anybody in this group. Caregivers are not restricted to professionals; they also include children and adults who come into contact with those people.

The flu impacts one in five Americans each year, and 200,000 people are seriously enough impacted to require hospitalization. Though many think of the flu as a minor inconvenience, between three thousand and forty-nine thousand people die from flu or complications of the flu in the United States each year, and these numbers could be dramatically reduced if more people got flu vaccinations. Flu shots are often 71% effective in cutting down the number of flu-related hospitalizations each year. That statistic is even higher when restricted to those over the age of fifty.

Mesothelioma patients who are unsure of how a flu shot might impact them should consult with their physicians prior to having a shot. Family members should seek immunization as early as possible.

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an independent writer, editor and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Her dreams of a writing career were diverted by a need to pay her bills. She spent a few years providing copy for a major retailer, then landed a lucrative career in advertising sales. With college bills for all three of her kids paid, she left corporate America for a return to her original goal of writing. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of interest include health and fitness, medical research, and the law.

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