The debate wages on whether or not getting the shot helps to fight the flu.
According to the CDC, it estimates the flu has killed anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people since 1976.
"You are going to get body aches; you’re going to be really tired; you’re going to have muscle soreness throughout your whole body; you’re basically going to feel really crappy," said Brian Haviland, clinical pharmacist for Providence Alaska Medical Center. "Can you really afford to miss a week straight of work if you get the flu?"
Haviland explained with the influenza causing sickness and even death, dealing with it is serious business and people should think about the other people they come in contact with on a daily basis.
"(The) flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu that there is," said Justine Tarbell, pharmacy manager for Walgreens in Anchorage. "Approximately every 20 seconds, a child dies from a preventable disease that could have been prevented by a simple vaccine," Tarbell said.
Walgreens, the national drugstore chain, has a fall program called “Get a Shot, Give a Shot,” which will donate vaccines to children in need through the United Nations Foundation’s “Shot at Life” campaign after someone gets a flu shot or any other immunization. The program runs from Sep. 3 to Oct. 14.
Tarbell said it’s because those who are most at risk for viruses like the flu are people at the ends of the age spectrum.
"You can pass it on to your children or elderly parents, anyone who might not have an immune system as good as yours to fight that off," Tarbell said.
With no certainty of how long the flu season will last or how severe it will be, Tarbell said people on the fence about getting vaccinated should consider the risks of not getting vaccinated when it comes to the health of those around them.
"It usually just takes them getting the flu once to learn that lesson," Tarbell said.
This season, the H1N1, H3N2, and HIB viruses have been designated as the most common.
It's recommended for everyone six months of age and older to get the vaccine every year.
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