TO THE EDITOR:
A worldwide flu pandemic occurred it 1918-1919, leaving between 50 and 100 million people dead- three percent of the world’s population at the time, historian Dan Jones noted in a recent article. There was no vaccine at that time.
No one can predict how long the flu season will last this time around. But, we have vaccines to help significantly reduce the number of people who can become infected with the influenza virus.
In fact, even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, the shot will significantly reduce its symptoms among those who had recently received influenza vaccine as compared to those who had not, says American Society for Microbiology.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.