FluMist or Flu Shot – Which One Should I Get?

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Modern Options

There are quite a few different options for inoculations in modernity. From the shot to the mist, from the mist to the oral ingestion, many different ways exist in the world of vaccination. While a flu shot is conventionally the most effective means of administering inoculation, it may not be the best choice for young or old individuals. Some people have low pain-tolerance, fear of needles, or the inability to heal after a wound–however small–has been sustained. Also something to consider is the inherent power of a properly-functioning immune system. With an oral administration, or a mist that is inhaled through the nostrils, there is a greater chance the body will isolate against the inert pathogen and prevent the inoculation from being effective. If your immune system is working well, it can rebuff a great number of illnesses without any big difficulty. When a shot is administered, the inert pathogen gets directly into the bloodstream, and is more likely to work as intended.

How Vaccines Function

A vaccine brings a version of the virus in question into the body. That virus is not active. It’s essentially dead. Still, the human immune system will latch onto that inert pathogen, map it, and learn how to fight against it in the future. When this happens the body has a natural immune system response. Usually this involves a light illness for several days. The end result is that when a live version of the pathogen invades the body, white blood cells already have the necessary information to fight it off. There’s no “cure” in a vaccine; it’s just protection. You’ll still catch influenza if you’re exposed to the pathogen and your immune system isn’t healthy enough to rebuff it initially. The difference is, because of the inoculation, you’ll be able to bear the sickness, and it won’t last nearly so long. Additionally, it won’t be as severe as it would otherwise, allowing you to function almost normally despite having contracted influenza. For these reasons, vaccination works best when it is directly administered to the bloodstream; but in most scenarios, a FluMist application will have the desired effect. It’s just that an already healthy immune system may kick out the pathogen before its information can be fully tapped by white blood cells. This isn’t a likely event, it’s merely a possible event. Essentially, it doesn’t really matter what route you take when you’re getting your flu inoculation; but if you’re going to look at things technically, there exists a possibility–however minor–that the inoculation may not be effective as it should be if it’s not administered directly to the blood.

At-Risk Individuals

The flu is a global phenomenon for which there is no cure. It’s usually more intense than the common cold, and in America alone it is responsible for some 50,000+ deaths a year, on average. Following are the parties most at-risk for the flu:
  • Very Young Children
  • Elderly People
  • Impoverished People
  • Unhygienic Individuals
  • Schoolteachers
  • Hospitals
  • Anyone Who Sees Diverse Groups Regularly (Government Employees, Etc.)

When To Get Vaccinated

Flu season generally begins in September. It comes with the school year, then waxes and wanes until Summer returns and people become more healthy for a variety of reasons including outdoor activity, increased Vitamin D levels, and upbeat mentalities. The best time to guard against this year’s iteration of the flu is to get vaccinated sometime during the Summer. You have less chance of experiencing a vaccination shortage, and you’re more likely to be healthy. It’s best to be vaccinated when in proper health, as there’s a slight post-vaccination illness following administration.  
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